Waking up to the need to check matrimonial frauds committed by Non-Resident Indian (NRI) grooms, the government today swung into action with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announcing that a strict law would be enacted by August 1 to check growing incidents of women deserted by NRI grooms.
"We will not tolerate anybody committing fraud with our daughters and a new strict law will be enacted from August 1 to check this. We will make it mandatory for NRIs to provide complete verification, compulsory registration of such marriages and verification of details from the Indian consulate in the country from where the NRI has come," Sukhbir Badal said while addressing a national seminar on overseas marriages.
Instructions have been issued to the police department to chalk out a blueprint of the proposed law, so that it can be implemented by August 1, he added.
Backing the proposal of his wife and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who also addressed the seminar, for a website carrying the details of the NRIs grooms who deserted their wives, deputy chief minister announced that a website will be launched soon.
Launching a special helpline for distressed wives, Sukhbir Badal said the women cops deployed at Saanjh centres would deal with such complaints on priority. "The government will allocate a special budget to provide legal aid to the aggrieved women," he added.
The government will soon launch a special drive to induct women police officers up to the rank of DSPs, he added. A special battalion of women commandos is being raised in which 60 cops are already under special training by National Security Guards and Israeli experts, Sukhbir Badal said, adding that the target was to increase the number of women commandos to 100.
Administrative reforms are high on priority and within the next six months, the entire working of the government departments would be computerised to give desirable shape to the Right to Service Act, he added.
Former union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia and Shamina Shafique, representing the National Commission for Women, renowned Punjabi singer and party vice-president Hans Raj Hans also gave their valuable suggestions to eliminate this social menace from the state.
Meanwhile, ADGP/HRD and Law and Order SK Sharma, ADGP-cum-member NRI Commission S. Chattopadhyaya also addressed the gathering.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Regional Passport Officer Parneet Singh and Dr Rajesh Gill, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Panjab University.