NCW group requested, diplomatic legal
protection to women marrying to NRIs
- Ministry of Overseas Affairs conference to take diplomatic measures
to ensure legal protection to women marrying overseas.
Take diplomatic measures to save NRI marriages, NCW tells Centre
NEW DELHI, June 19, 2006
: Alarmed at the growing number of disputes in NRI marriages, the
National Commission for Women on Monday asked the Centre to take
diplomatic measures to ensure legal protection to women marrying
It also asked Indian embassies to play a pro-active role in the
"Since last year, 1820 cases have been registered with the
Commission that have to do with disputes in NRI marriages. A large
number of unregistered cases are also there which we keep coming
to know of," NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas said.
Noting that majority of the complaints came from countries like
the US, UK and Canada, she said the Commission was facing difficulties
in helping the women due to international legal barriers.
"India needs to sign the Hague conventions which are related
to the issue of NRI marriages. We also need to sign more bilateral
treaties with other countries to tackle the legal issues involved,"
She also noted that the Indian embassies were not playing an active
enough role in the matter and suggested that the marriages could
be registered with the consulates.
In view of the large number of cases, the Commission, together
with the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, is holding a first such conference
on the issue in Chandigarh on June 20-21.