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DWC seeks tips from state NRI panels to resolve marriage issues

July 23, 2017 01:35 AM

Chandigarh: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has sought suggestions from the public on issues concerning dispute in NRI marriages, the panel said in a statement issued on Sunday.

Swati was on a visit to Haryana and Punjab today as a member of the high-level committee on NRI Marriages Disputes set up by the Ministry of External Affairs. She said while some other states like Punjab have their commission for NRIs, Haryana was yet to constitute one.

The women’s panel has decided to seek suggestions from the public and experts in the matter so as to expand its knowledge base as well as learn from field experiences, read the statement.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal is part of an expert committee on NRI marriages and disputes set up by the Government. The government set up the panel after it had received several complaints about women being abandoned by their NRI husbands.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal

The panel also has representatives from the ministries of external affairs, home affairs, women and child development. The committee will submit its report to the government by August.

The DCW is also reaching out to the NGOs working in the field to seek their opinion. Maliwal has also written to the NRI Commissions of Punjab, Kerala and Goa to seek data about the number of such cases in their states as well as their views on the matter.

Maliwal has also written to chairpersons of women commissions across the country seeking their views on the matter, the statement said, adding that the last date for submission of suggestions is July 23. 

Swati was on a visit to Haryana and Punjab today as a member of the high-level committee on NRI Marriages Disputes set up by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, Swati said that a large number of cases of “holiday brides” (women deceived by NRIs by marrying them while on their visit to India and then leaving the country by abandoning them) have come to light in Haryana, particularly from Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal and Hisar districts.

She said while some other states like Punjab have their commission for NRIs, Haryana was yet to constitute one.

“I ask the Haryana Government to immediately set up its NRI Commission with the powers of human rights commission so that the concept of holiday wives can be checked effectively,” she said.

The commission, she said, should have a panel of advocates and they should provide legal aid to women cheated by the NRIs.

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