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NRI Minister will attend workshop for NRI marriage problems in Kerla

New Delhi, Sep. 13, 2006
Ranvir Singh

After first Workshop on NRI marriage problems at Chandigarh in June, 2006, Vayalar Ravi Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs will inaugurate a two-day workshop on Problems of NRI marriages in Thiruvananthapuram.

MOIA, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the NCW, National Commission for Women is organizing this two day workshop starting Sep 14, at Ullor, Kerala. Kerala's Health and Social Welfare Minister P.K. Sreemathi, Girija Vyas of NCW will address the workshop

It is confirmed that this Workshop will find the solution of NRI's marriage problems.

Mr. Ramesh Mehta from New York told our representative that Indian Govt. is making more difficult and increasing complications for general problems. For example:

Anti-dowry law Section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code makes it mandatory for police to book husband and his parents and other relatives/friends whoever being named on the complaint by wife or her close relatives and jail them.

This law open the the doors for more corruption. Some times husband and wife's problem can be solved by middle men. Most of the time, bride's family use this 498A tool to punish the bridegroom and make a dead lock for compromise.

This section is non-bailable, non-compoundable (complaint can't be quashed) and cognizable (arrests without investigation to start working on the case). There are several cases, without investigation initially, police arrests elderly parents, unmarried sisters, pregnant sisters. Few parents and sisters have committed suicide after spending some 5 to 15 days in jail.

NRI husbands claim harassment by anti-dowry law

  • It is a form of legal terrorism
  • Everyone makes money- "We paid a lot of money at every stage. For them, we (from the US) were like golden ducks
  • The woman who made false statements got away scot-free and was not even charged with perjury

Most of the NRIs feel this law must be changed and no body should be arrested without court's decision. Vayalar Ravi Minister is a lawyer and he must understand NRI's problems to attract investment in India. NRIs must be encourage to fight in the court and believe in our scour system.