Commission for Women (NCW) has asked the Government to sign
the Hague Conventions, especially those related to Non-Resident
Indian (NRI) marriages, and enter into more reciprocal treaties,
particularly with countries having large number of Indians.
to reporters on the eve of a two-day workshop on the issue
at Chandigarh from Tuesday, NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said
there was a need to educate people on the possible problems
that could arise in marriages with NRIs, as the number of
complaints, both registered and unregistered, had gone up
over the years.
is likely to be attended by Chief Ministers of Delhi, Punjab
and Haryana. It could also see the presence of some victims
of NRI marriages.
suggested a review of the existing laws and enactment of special
ones to address the various issues that arise in NRI marriages.
Enactment of uniform personal laws for all religious communities,
divorce, maintenance and property rights, while making marriage
registration compulsory and the procedure simple, affordable
and accessible, will also be suggested at the meeting.The
Government should adopt a `convergence’ approach among the
Ministries of Women and Child development, Overseas Indian
Affairs and External Affairs, as well as the National Commission
for Women and the National Human Rights Commission through
special cells. Indian embassies also need to be geared to
provide assistance and response to victims.
workshops will also be held in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka
and New Delhi, as the number of complaints from these States
women married to NRIs were often abandoned either in the country
itself, or in other countries. They were left helpless, as
different countries had different laws on divorce and maintenance
and the jurisdiction of courts was also different.
risks in such marriages was that the victim was isolated from
home in an alien land, faced constraints of language, communication,
suffered from lack of knowledge of the local criminal justice
and empty pocket. from The Hindu