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NRI marital disputes: Govt agency seeks cancellation of passports of 10 people

The WCD ministry has asked the law ministry to make registration of NRI marriages compulsory, which will be done by amending the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2018 22:51 IST
File photo of Indian passports.
File photo of Indian passports.

The government’s nodal agency on NRI marital disputes has started its crackdown on “absconding husbands” by seeking revocation of passports of as many as 10 such offenders.

The decision was taken after Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi chaired the first meeting of the integrated nodal agency on NRI marriages.

“INA reviewed the 10 cases of revocation of passport request made by NCW (National Commission for Women), and the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) was asked to expedite action,” the WCD ministry tweeted.

The ministry also said that the body constituted to look into complaints arising out of marital disputes of NRIs will be empowered to issue look-out circulars against absconding husbands.

The body is headed by the WCD secretary and comprises officials from the ministries of law, external affairs and home.

It was set up following the recommendations of an inter- ministerial committee to review legal and regulatory challenges faced by women deserted by NRI men.

In a bid to curb incidents of NRI husbands abandoning their Indian wives, the government will also collect data on all registered marriages.

The WCD ministry has also asked the law ministry to make registration of NRI marriages compulsory, which will be done by amending the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969.

The MEA will also be hosting a page on its website where it will post summons against absconding husbands.