In the wake of increasing cases of women being duped by NRI grooms, Gujarat government has launched an awareness campaign to educate women on pre and post matrimonial rights.
"An effort is being made to create awareness among women getting married to people overseas about their social and legal rights, before soliciting marriage," Non-Resident Gujarati (NRG) Foundation Chairman B B Swain told PTI.
"We have got booklets printed in Gujarati similar to model guidance books on women rights released by the Ministry of Indian Overseas Affair. It is being distributed across the state," he added.
The booklet is a compilation of legal rights comprising Supreme Court judgements on wide range of matrimonial issues, besides rights of women on ex-party divorces, right against dowry, rights to seek restitution of conjugal rights and other NRI marriage related issues.
"Department of Non-Resident Gujarati foundation has got over 5,000 booklets published, to be distributed among women through network of gram panchayats in 26 districts of the state," state officials said.
According to NRG foundation officials, the booklet titled 'Marriage to Overseas Indian' is a ready reckoner for those who are not aware of the laws and their rights. The book is accompanied with a guide to enable women to seek help from NGOs linked to Indian mission overseas.