The Ministry of Women and Child Development was in talks with other Government departments to formulate guidelines in order to address the issue of Indian women who have been deserted by their NRI husbands.
Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhary on Thursday said that she had initiated talks with the External Affairs and Home Ministries so that NRI husbands who have deserted their wives and are traceless can be found and punished.
Under the guidelines, consul generals of all countries would be asked to keep a check on NRIs marrying Indian women so that they can be traced in case of any need.
"We are in the formulation stage and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has taken a keen interest in this matter," she added.
Chowdhary said cases abound, specially in Punjab, of women who had been deserted by their husbands and have nobody to take care of them anymore. "The parents of such husband refuse to divulge the whereabouts of their sons thus we need strong guidelines against this practice," she said.
Apart from this, the Ministry also wanted to make provisions for only the mother's name to be enough in any Government documents like Passports and during school admissions.