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Indian Govt. setting up committee to protect innocent girls
who are duped by NRI grooms

NEW DELHI, May 04, 2007
Sonia Sharma

To take action against non-resident Indians (NRIs) in case of fraudulent marriages, the six-member sub-committee was taken at a meeting between the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi, and Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Renuka Chowdhury.

Nirmal Singh, the secretary of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, would comprise and will include members from:

  • one member from the Ministries of Law
  • one member from the Home Affairs
  • one member from the Women and Child Development
  • also representatives from the states of Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.

Chowdhury said: "We have discussed the matters at length and stringent action would be taken to check problems."

She said, if necessary, amendments would be made in the emigration laws apart from going in for inter-country agreements to deal with the problems.

'NRI marriages are becoming a phenomenon. In most cases the girl and her family, despite being well educated, fall into the trap of men who make big promises but in the end leave the girl in a lurch. We will do our best to stop this trend,' said Chowdhury.

Ravi said that this committee would study all the legal aspects involved in the issues and would suggest the easiest methods to check the problems.

Ravi said India does not have adequate laws to deal with the cases when culprits take the protection under foreign laws

This is challenge to Indian Govt. if the man is not an Indian citizen because most countries are unwilling to take action against their own citizens.

Punjab and Andhra Pradesh are the two states reporting the most number of cases of girls being cheated by NRIs.

Most of the women from Andhra Pradesh are working as domestic servants in the Gulf region.

The ministers also said that laws, if needed, would be amended so that maidservants and innocent girls are protected



Two key players to form committee


The (NRI) Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs

Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Renuka Chowdhury.