Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who are found harassing or deserting their wives could have their passports impounded or cancelled. Taking cognisance of various complaints lodged by women about them being deserted by their better halves in a foreign land, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had set up a panel in May this year to look into various legal challenges and suggest a solution.
According to reports, the panel also recommended that cases of domestic violence should be included in the extradition treaties signed between India and other countries.
The panel will be responsible for carrying on with the extradition process of NRIs and bring them back to India to attend the trial proceedings. Reportedly, it is extremely difficult to get the husband back to the country to face legal proceedings as far as cases of dowry and domestic violence are concerned.
Compulsory registration of NRI marriages and increasing financial aid from $3,000 to $6,000 provided by Indian missions to the women who have been abandoned by their husbands were among the key recommendations made by the panel.
A ministry official affirmed that both External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi have taken up the issue seriously and have also addressed it on several public forums. Once the passport of the NRI man has been cancelled and he is in India, he will not be allowed to leave the country till the case goes on. He would be deported to India even if he was residing abroad.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) stated that as many as 346 cases and complaints from women were recorded in 2014. Most of the complaints involve husbands deserting their wives after marrying them in India, taking the child away from the mother or taking them abroad and abandoning them in foreign countries.
Source: Hindustan Times
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