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Two Ministers want treaties with US and UK to prosecute NRI men under Indian laws who deserted wives.

NEW DELHI, Feb. 02, 2007
Sonia Sharma

The NRI minister (Overseas Indian Affairs Minister) Vayalar Ravi and Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury made a proposal and agreed to make it mandatory for the marital status of women to be stamped on their passports and ensuring that the men are taken to task under Indian laws are among the measures mulled by the Centre to deal with complaints of women being deserted by their NRI husbands. The stamp will have details like the place and the date of marriage.

It also included making it compulsory for the marital status of the woman to stamped on her passport as a legal proof of her marriage. This proposals will soon be taken up with the Ministry of External Affairs. The official said, "Irrespective of the citizenship that they have acquired, these men should be recalled (by extradite) to be tried under Indian laws."

It is recommended that the US and UK, with the largest population of NRIs, to specify the marital status on the visa. It is also recommended that NRI marriages including mandatory registration of NRI marriages, bilateral agreements between India and other countries.

It is estimated that more than 30,000 women have been deserted by NRIs in India. It is also estimated that 50% of all cases are from the Jallandhar, Doaba region of Punjab.