introduced "marriage registration form" to track NRI
New Delhi, Aug. 22, 2008
After discussing in details by Law and Justice, Ministries
of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), External Affairs and National
Commission of Women, introduced a new "marriage
registration form" to secure NRI brides. Now NRIs men must
fill these forms before marriage. This form will include:
- Social security number of the NRI husband, passport information
and any labour ID card details etc.
- It will be applicable to all states and union territories of
India, under any of the three marriage registration acts.
- Under the Indian Penal Code, the signatories for false declaration
of any of the information will be punished
- NRI bridegroom and brides will also have to declare that there
had been no dowry (Section 498-A) involved and they have
no blood relations each other.
- 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.The courts have declared 80 per cent
men charged under Section 498-A (dowry) were innocent
- This news is a good news for NRIs that they and their
families cannot book under dowry- 498A
February, 2008, the Indian government announced to provide legal
aid to women who were deserted by NRIs. The government would provide
US $1,000 to women, either deserted or divorced within two years
of marriage. The legal assistance to get a maintenance allowance
would also be provided to those who were being tortured by and deserted
NRI husbands even after 10 years of marriage and had been given
ex-party divorce provided the marriage was solemnized in India.
It is estimated that over 30,000 Indian women have
been abandoned in "NRI marriages", and of these 15,000
are from the Doaba region of Punjab alone.
NRI Ashok Sharma from Toronto said, what about the
young brides married NRIs only for their wealth , wanted to leave
them and spend the rest of her life by bleeding them of alimony?.