Seeking action against their husbands and in-laws, a large number of abandoned girls approached zonal inspector general of police and state NRI affairs-in-charge, Gurpreet Deo, at an NRI meet organised at the mini secretariat on Friday.
Tejinder Kaur of Dasuya told the IG that her husband had threatened her that if she approached the authorities, he would upload her obscene photographs on the internet. Her husband is settled in Spain. Tejinder said she was abandoned a month after marriage.
Harpal Kaur from Miani said that she was abandoned after three months of marriage "I suffered a miscarriage due to my husband and in-laws' physical abuse." She complained that the police registered a case against her husband, but not against her in-laws.
Sarita of Bhuno village revealed that she was staying with her parents for the past two-and-a -half-years as her UK-based husband was reluctant to call her abroad.
Baljinder Kaur said her British passport holder husband obtained a divorce in a fraudulent manner.
"I came to know of it after eight months. I filed a case in a local court, which has recently annulled the divorce. However, my husband still refuses to accept me," she claimed.
Poonam of Aslamabad said that her US-based husband had been declared a proclaimed offender in a criminal case filed by her, but her in-laws who stayed in Dhaliwal village continued to harass her. Deo promised them that after investigation, the police would take necessary action.
Addressing the media, Deo said that the police could at best register a case and arrest the accused.
"If the offender continues to doge the law he can be declared a proclaimed offender or a look out notice can be issued against him," she added.
She claimed that foreign countries did not acknowledge section 498-A of the IPC (dowry) an offence under which a person could be extradited. She said that police officials dealing with complaints against NRIs had been asked to work expeditiously. "We have also requested legal service authorities to provide free legal aid to the poor deserted wives, so that they can fight a legal battle for justice," she added.