The desire to go overseas gets manifested during the wedding season when parents force girls to marry a man whom she barely knows. If all goes well, the girl’s family feels proud of her Canada-based daughter, but if the marriage fails then the girl becomes a pariah in her own family. Around 30,000 girls have not seen their husbands after their honeymoon, therefore the NRI wing of the Punjab government will initiate the process for bringing back NRI husbands who have left behind their wives. Commonly referred to as ‘honeymoon brides’; according to the NRI wing of the Government of Punjab, there are almost 30,000 wives with immigrant husbands.
Importantly, the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara committee has assured such ladies of help. The committee further assured to establish an advisory committee under which all the Gurudwaras will be advised to perform police verification of NRI grooms before performing marriage ceremony. The President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGPC) Manjeet Singh GK and General Secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa wrote to the Gyani Gurubachan Jathedar Shri Akal Takht requesting it to ask for a thorough inquiry of to-be NRI husbands before performing the Anand Karaj (Sikh wedding ceremony). Manjeet Singh also addressed letters to Union minister of home affairs, Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Punjab chief minister Amrinder Singh.
Many girls, who go to the US or Canada hoping to live a happy life, realize that their husbands are already married or they end up being treated as domestic servants.