As the debate over citizenship rages and people fearfully start gathering their documents- here is what we don't know: the births of 7 million children in India have not been recorded. All these kids are under 5 years. Did you know that a birth can be registered in India without the name of a child? If a birth is registered within 21 days, a birth certificate is issued for free. Over the last two decades though, India has improved the registration of births.