Training Programs for Officials Dealing with Cases of Women Abandoned by NRIs, Experts Recommend

For the handling of cases of abandoned women in NRI marriages, the experts recommended conducting training programs for agencies and police officers handling NRI cases, embassies to prioritize the issue of women in distress and the implementation of establishment of a national helpline for victims.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) convened a consultation on Wednesday on — Transnational Access to Justice for Abandoned Women in NRI Marriages: Policy and Procedural Gaps — to bring together all relevant stakeholders designated to bring assistance to Indian women abandoned by their NRI husbands on a platform and to deliberate on the challenges and technical issues faced in dealing with NRI matrimonial cases. The experts recommended that these women be informed about the various programs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA).

To obtain various views, the Commission invited experts from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Home Affairs, NGOs and law enforcement agencies concerned such as Police, Indian Embassies, Overseas Missions, Regional Passport Officers, National Authorities, State, District Legal Services Authorities, etc. to deliberate on the real challenges and technical issues faced in NRI matrimonial cases.

The experts also discussed the impact of the decree passed by the court of a foreign country regarding the issues of divorce, maintenance, child custody and inheritance, etc. on aggrieved women; and deliberated on existing provisions within the Indian legal system that could provide relief to these women.

According to a response to RTI filed by Kerala-based activist and RTI activist K. Govindan Nampoothiry, over the past seven years, the Indian government has received up to 2,156 complaints from Indian wives who have been abandoned or ghosted by their husbands. NRI.

Of these, 615 cases have been reported in the United States, followed by 586 cases in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 237 cases in Singapore. The government received 119 such complaints from Saudi Arabia, 111 from Kuwait, 104 from the United Kingdom (UK), 102 from Australia and 92 from Canada.

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