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Government cancelled passports of 8 NRI husbands who abandoned their wives

The WCD ministry has also started an online portal for registration of such marriages, but it is yet to become operational.

New Delhi: On Thursday, a senior official of the Ministry of Women and Child Development said that the passports of eight non-resident Indians who abandoned their wives and fled, have been cancelled.

A committee was formed by an inter-ministerial agency of the Ministry of Women and Child development,
Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs to look into the cases involving NRI offenders, who abscond after abandoning their wives.

“The committee has received 70 complaints in the last two months. Acting on the complaints, passports of eight NRI husbands have been cancelled, and lookout notices have been issued against them,” the WCD official said.

The WCD ministry has also started an online portal for registration of such marriages, but it is yet to become operational. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has recommended the states to get the marriage registrars to inform about such marriage to the Ministry so that the website could be operational at the earliest.

“All NRI marriages would soon need to be registered within seven days, and if the same was not done within the stipulated time, the passports and visas would not be issued to the people involved,” the ministry had earlier said.

Another proposal was holding the properties of NRI offenders in escrow, in case they abscond abandoning their spouse.

Escrow is a legal concept in which a financial instrument or an asset is held by a third party on behalf of two other parties that are in the process of completing a transaction.

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