Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir has cautioned parents against marrying their daughters to NRI grooms without verifying their antecedents. Speaking at a seminar on "Illegal Immigration and NRI abandoned brides" organised by Punjab Legal Services Authority (PLSA) in association with Punjab State Commission for NRIs at Punjab university regional center at Bajwara, 5 km from here on Sunday, he said that caution needed to be exercised before getting into such relationships.
The CJI added that it was not only the parents who forced their daughter to marry NRI grooms, but sometimes even girls committed mistakes in their quest for a better life. He said that the issue was more prevalent in the rural areas and that panches and sarpanches should make people aware of the consequences of holiday marriages.
He said that parents must check the financial and marital status of prospective NRI grooms before sending their daughters abroad.
On illegal immigration, the CJI said that migrating to foreign shores just for the sake of it was nothing but "madness". He said the problem of illegal immigration was not confined to North India but was also prevalent in the South, where people would pay any cost to go to the Gulf.
"There are numerous problems faced by illegal immigrants. They may end up in worst conditions than they were in their own country. They must not go without valid work permit," he advised.
The CJI said that the Legal Services Authority network was spreading awareness among the public about various social issues. "The aim to setup these institutions at all levels was make justice accessible to all and they are working in this direction," he added.
Later talking to the media Justice Kabir said that the judiciary was doing its bit within the legal framework to bring justice to the brides of runaway grooms. He said that many legal remedies were available to brides in distress.
He planted a sapling in the university campus and inaugurated the legal aid clinic. He was accompanied by Justice DK Jain of Supreme Court, Justice AK Sikri, chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court, Justice Jasbir Singh, justice Rajesh Bindal and justice Arvind Kumar.