NRI husbands abandoning wives to feel the heat

The Union government will introduce a Bill in the winter session of Parliament for more stern measures against Non-Resident Indian husbands abandoning their wives in India.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here on Wednesday that the Centre already has launched an institutional mechanism and the passports of 25 NRI men have been revoked recently for abandoning their wives in India and more measures were in the offing.

In some cases the govt. has also instructed the State police to issue Look-out-Circulars (LoC). In criminal matters involving NRIs, the investigating officer can issue LoC in cognizable offences when the husband is deliberately dodging arrest, said Union Ministry of Women and Child Development officials.

The inter-ministerial panel comprising members of WCD, Home and External Affairs has also decided to allow the Ministry of External Affairs to put up summons issued to NRI men who have not responded to earlier summons on its website.

It also acknowledged that necessary amendments will have to be made in the Passport Act to incorporate the changes.

Divorces notices

There has been an alarming rise in the cases coming to the National and State Commissions for Women in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Punjab and other States related to ‘NRI marriages’ where husbands were sending divorce notices from abroad to their wives here.

Several women — issued divorce notices by their NRI husbands when they came back to India or were hoping to join their husbands who left after the marriage —were clueless on how to fight the case legally in the courts abroad, said former Chairperson of TS Commission for Women Tripurana Venkataratnam.

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