Centre to frame law to tackle problems in NRI marriages: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that the government will enact a law, 'Summons and Warrants Against Indian People Living Abroad', during the next session of Parliament to tackle problems in NRI marriages

Published: 28th July 2018 08:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2018 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj (File| AP)

By ANI

NEW DELHI: The Centre is in the process of framing a new law to tackle problems in NRI marriages and provide for deterrent measures like confiscating the property of NRIs who have abandoned their wives and illegally married abroad.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that the government will enact a law, 'Summons and Warrants Against Indian People Living Abroad', during the next session of Parliament.

"Government will make a law, 'Summons and Warrants Against Indian People Living Abroad', in next session of Parliament which will make provision of confiscating property of NRIs who have abandoned their wives in India and illegally married abroad," Swaraj said at a seminar on "NRI marriages and trafficking of women and children".

She further said that her Ministry will be developing a separate website where summons and warrants against NRIs who have abandoned their wives and have illegally married abroad will be uploaded.

"The law will enable online serving of summons/warrants against NRIs who have abandoned their wives and have illegally married abroad through a new MEA website. We will upload summons and warrants on the website and those not responding to it will be declared a proclaimed offender and his properties would be seized," she said.

The External Affairs Minister said that under the new law, the passport of the person will be canceled along with the confiscation of the property.

Swaraj also said that the external affairs ministry is in talks with the law and home ministries and all efforts are being made to ensure that a law is in place by the end of this year.

"We will not only cancel the passport but also confiscate the property. And NRIs who don't return, their property could be sold to give financial aid to their aggrieved wives. We will have to make some amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure," she added.

According to the MEA, 3,328 complaints were received during the last three years from Indian women who have been deserted by their NRI husbands.

"We are acting tough in such cases. For a start, the passports of eight NRI men accused of abandoning their wives have been cancelled. The accused whose passports were revoked have surrendered," Swaraj said. (ANI)

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  • Kiruthika

    This is not a women centric government.In a male dominated society like India these kind of laws are highly necessary to stop men abandoning wife and children when they get bored and move on to some affair. In all the cases women are the sufferers physically,mentally,socially,morally,financially. And men they don’t care about family and children because they are men and they are earning they think they can do whatever they want. Highly appreciatable law to protect woman rights.
    3 months ago reply
  • Kumar

    The government has become women government, they don't care for men. Does they have provisions of women who left husband? But certainty in every matter women will get property. Beteer ban marriage. Vote #NOTAin2019 for this women centric government
    3 months ago reply
  • Veejay

    What about purposefully replacing bing away wives for the sake of property and make fake allegations? No law for that?
    3 months ago reply
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