NCW favours law to tackle NRI marriages
The problems related to NRI marriages could not be tackled effectively for lack of treaties with various countries.india Updated: Jun 21, 2006 21:06 IST
The National Commission for Women on Wednesday favoured a comprehensive legislation to tackle the problems related to NRI marriages and stressed the need to launch awareness campaign to educate the people on this.
"We feel there is an urgent need of framing a comprehensive law. By November, we should be able to give recommendations to the government regarding what shape the law can take," NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said in Chandigarh addressing a two-day workshop on problems relating to NRI marriages.
She said at the moment the problems related to NRI marriages could not be tackled effectively for lack of treaties with various countries.
She expressed concern over the rising number of cases, particularly in Punjab, where "holiday wives" are becoming victims of the "pleasure-seeking NRI who comes to India, marries the girl in a hurry and then dumps her here never to return."
Vyas said the problems relating to NRI marriages persisted in countries like UK, USA, Canada and even in some parts of Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
She said during her recent visit to some of these countries she got massive support from associations of Indians who agreed to display details of those NRIs in temples and gurudwaras who had deserted their legitimate wives and families back in India.
She said the High Commissions and Indian Embassies abroad could be actively involved in the process.
She said the Union Government was also getting a study conducted to understand the magnitude of the problem, particularly in states like Punjab, Delhi, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh where it was more serious.