New Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI): In view of rising incidents of Indian brides being deserted by their NRI husbands, the government has decided to shortly put in place a system of uniform marriage registration process to curb the practice that has ruined the lives of thousands of women.
The registration form is being introduced to easily track overseas grooms who desert their wives and for initiating legal action against them. It will be applicable for marriages registered across the country under any of the three marriage registration acts.
The idea was discussed and ratified recently during an inter-ministerial meeting with representatives from the Ministries of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), Law and Justice, External Affairs and National Commission of Women, and is currently awaiting a final clearance from the Ministry of Law and Justice.
The number of deserted NRI brides currently stands at over 25,000 according to some government estimates. Over a year after the MOIA launched a scheme to provide legal aid to Indian women deserted by their overseas spouses, the ministry has been flooded with requests from deserted Indian brides seeking to know the whereabouts of their husbands.
"In most cases deserted wives are unable to provide much detail of their husbands. The new registration form will have columns for social security number of the overseas husband, passport details and ID/labour card details," a highly placed official of the MOIA, told PTI.
The bride and the groom will also have to state that there had been no exchange of dowry, they are not blood relations, and other details in the four-page form. PTI