North Korea bans girls from having same name as Kim Jong Un's daughter, say reports
North Korea is forcing girls and women who have the same name as Kim Jong Un's daughter to change it to something else, according to reports.
Kim Jong Un's daughter's name is Ju Ae. She is said to be around ten years old.
A Fox News report cited Radio Free Asia as citing two anonymous sources from North Korea - one living in North Pyongyang and the other living in South Pyongyang.
The sources said that local governments have ordered women named Ju Ae to change their names.
"Yesterday, the Ministry of Security in Jeongju City summoned women registered with the resident registration department under the name 'Ju Ae' to the Ministry of Safety to change their names," one of the sources said.
The authorities said that the names must be changed within a week.
Kim Jong Un's daughter was recently seen during North Korea's military parade, leading to speculations that she was being groomed to succeed him. She was also spotted at a lavish banquet at a military barrack ahead of the parade. Ju Ae was first seen in public last year in November.
Ju Ae is the only one of Kim Jong Un's three children who has been seen in the public.
North Korea has prohibited people from using the same names as its leaders and their immediate families, according to South China Morning Post.
Kim Jong Un prohibited people from holding his name in 2014.
The practice of forcing people to stop using the names of leaders and their family members is a part of the regime's efforts to respect them.