introduced a scheme to provide legal/financial assistance to Indian
women deserted by their overseas Indian spouses
New Delhi, Dec. 22, 2008
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has introduced a scheme
to provide legal/financial assistance to Indian women deserted by
their overseas Indian spouses. The assistance will be provided to
Indian women who are victims of fraudulent marriages and deserted
by their overseas Indian husbands or are facing divorce proceedings
in a foreign country. The scheme has been launched in USA, UK, Australia,
New Zealand and the Gulf where several such cases are being reported.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Women and Child Development,
Smt. Renuka Chowdhury in a reply to a question by Smt. Mohsina Kidwai
in Rajya Sabha today. She further stated that a Ministerial Sub-Committee
under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs and having representatives from various central Ministries
including the Ministry of Women and Child Development and State
Governments was constituted to study the problems faced by Indian
women deserted by their overseas Indian spouses and give recommendations.
The important recommendations of the sub-committee are as under:-
„« All marriages solemnized in India should be compulsorily
„« Litigations related to NRI marriages should be taken
up in fast track Courts.
„« Whenever there is an ongoing litigation in a foreign
court, the Indian bride¡¦s case should not go un-represented.
„« A vigorous information campaign may be launched
to educate prospective brides and their families to take possible
precautions before entering into marriage alliance with overseas
„« States/Union Territories should pass on information
regarding Court Orders against NRIs to Emigration Authorities to
prevent such people from leaving India against these orders.
„« Bilateral agreements may be signed with foreign
countries to protect the victims of NRI marriages.