Jan. 13, 2021

Actor Anuskha Sharma and her husband, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, became parents to a girl on January 11. While the Indian team is on a tour to Australia, Kohli came back to India after the first Test, on paternity leave.


  • Unlike maternity leave, which is legally mandated, the private sector is not bound to provide paternity leave in India.

  • There is a legal stipulation for central government employees –– a “male civil servant (including an apprentice, probationer) with less than two surviving children may be granted Paternity Leave for a period of 15 days before or up to six months from the date of delivery of the child.”

  • The “less than two surviving children” means the employee can take paternity leaves only for his first two children.

  • Thus, the decision on how long a paternity leave they wish to provide rests with a particular company.