Spurred by reports of several cases of “NRI husbands”, marrying women alluring an attractive lifestyle but instead deserting them, the Indian government is considering changes in the laws enabling confiscation of such absconding NRI husband’s share of joint property and prevention of alienation of commonly held land, thus building pressure on delinquent spouses who refuse to answer even the court summons.
The Centre is in the process of framing a new law to tackle problems in NRI marriages and provide for deterrent measures such as confiscating the property of NRIs who have abandoned their wives and illegally married abroad.
According to the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj 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 adds that "NRI marriages and trafficking of women and children".
The External Affairs Minister said that under the new law, the passport of the person will be cancelled along with the confiscation of the property. 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 seize.
According to the recommendation of the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the decisions taken in the INA, look-out circulars are issued as per criteria defined by the MHA, for keeping a watch on arrival or departure of NRI husbands and preventing them from leaving India, the ministry had said.