Now a Parliamentary committee has recommended a "special NRI matrimonial law" to protect women against what the committee has described as "fraudulent" NRI marriages. In a report tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the standing committee on external affairs recommended measures, including enactment of a comprehensive legislation, for protecting women against such "malicious" wedlocks.
The committee asked the government to come out with a "special NRI matrimonial law" to deal with marriage, divorce, maintenance, child custody and related issues to provide "distressed and abandoned" brides their rights.
The committee said registration of marriages should have a "uniform performa" containing information about social security numbers, passport and identity card details, to have the option for the authorities to set up a proper identification and tracking system. "The committee feels an urgent need of a comprehensive law to tackle the problems related to NRI marriages," it said, adding that the government should either enact a comprehensive legislation or suitably amend the existing act.
Terming the problem as "very alarming", the committee, headed by senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar, said cases of fradulent marriages have increased "manifold" and government must take the issue seriously. "If the data shows any indication, then these marriages have led to abandonment of thousands of brides in various states, particularly Punjab. The ground situation is very disturbing," the committee, while examining functioning of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in dealing with the issue, said.
The committee also strongly recommended compulsory registration of all marriages solemnised in India as suggested by an inter-ministerial committee.