Online Portal to Help Women Deserted by NRI Husbands

Government to launch a web portal to help the women abandoned by their NRI husbands. The website contains the information about lawyers and NGOs working in this field and a list of do’s and don’ts.

Nearly, 275 complaints about fraudulent marriage have been received at 12 Indian Missions abroad from 2011-12 to 2014-15. Women are facing the problems like husband is already married or the wife is abandoned in the foreign country or he is asking for dowry. 12,000 women had abandoned by NRI husbands in Gujarat in 2004 and 25,000 wives of NRIs in Punjab.

The decision was taken last week in a meeting with officials of the ministry of women and child development, the ministry of external affairs and the ministry of home affairs.

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Portal main aim is to help women who have abandoned by the NRIs and are struggling to get a divorce or seeking maintenance from them and their children.

“The Ministry of External Affairs has over the years launched awareness-cum-publicity campaigns to sensitise to-be brides to be careful while choosing an NRI groom and also how to deal with problems that might arise post such alliances. We are planning this in addition to that,” said a WCD ministry official, who added that the portal would be manned by the MEA.

The web portal will act as a single-point redressal system for women to voice their grievances and guide them to seek help from civil society groups.

The MEA issued a guidance booklet “Marriages to Overseas Indians”-contains the information on safeguards available to women deserted by their NRI spouses, legal remedies available, authorities that can be approached for redressal of grievances and non-governmental organisations which can provide assistance.

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