NRI women tell torture tales
The increasing incidence of harassment and crime against NRI women was a cause of concern for the National Commission for Women.india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 19:40 IST
The increasing incidence of harassment and crime against NRI women was a cause of concern for the National Commission for Women.
Chairing a session on Gender Issues of the Diaspora, NCW chairperson Girija Vyas has said that the commission has received over 1,000 complaints from women against NRIs with regard to marriage-related violence and other offences.
There was also a spurt in the number of “marriage frauds” where women were the victims. Similarly, Indian maids and those employed in other jobs in the Persian Gulf nations were exposed to sexual abuse, she added.
Expressing satisfaction that “gender issues” were being taken up for discussion for the first time at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Vyas said a comprehensive Bill against sexual assault on women, including rape and harassment, was likely to come up before Parliament in the coming session.
She said the NCW had already submitted a report to the Union home ministry on the need for giving more teeth to the laws relating to rape and suggested amendments to the CrPC.
Ranjana Kumari, national general secretary of the Mahila Dakshata Samithi, expressed concern over harassment cases against NRI women. While some women were dumped by their NRI husbands after marriage, demanding more dowry, others were subjected to harassment after being taken abroad, she said.
She suggested setting up of a gender cell in the ministry of overseas Indian affairs to deal with gender issues of NRIs.