Just a few days after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) agreed to a proposal by the Union Women and Child Development Ministry to take stringent action in NRI matrimonial dispute cases, the ministry, for the first time has revoked the passports of 5 NRIs for abandoning their wives shortly after marriage or following disputes abroad. The reason behind the seizure was that these men were charged with abandoning their wives shortly after marriage or following disputes abroad.
This step aims to force the grooms to return to India, and face the trial as they had been evading the arrests by not responding to the summons by the MEA. The government has taken this crucial step, as a barrage of complaints were being received regarding abandonment in marriages by NRIs, frauds, domestic violence, children’s custody by force, etc. Apart from such cases, the MEA has also received several complaints where women have been duped of money after being promised marriage or harassed by forceful or illegal retention of children's custody, non-payment of maintenance etc.
This news will certainly provide relief to thousands of women from various parts of India like Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala who have been deserted by their husbands.