Friday, 10 August 2012

Assistance for Deserted NRI Indian Women


The Legal and financial assistance is already being provided to Indian women who have been deserted by their NRI husbands by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, National Commission for Women and Non-Governmental Organizations empanelled with the Indian Missions/Posts abroad.
The Supreme Court in its judgement dated 14th February, 2006 in the case of Seema Vs. Ashwani Kumar has directed that   marriages of all persons who are citizens of India belonging to various religions should be made compulsorily registration   in their respective States. State Governments have taken steps for compulsory registration of marriages in their respective States.
The Ministry does not maintain exclusive data in respect of NRI wives who have been deserted by their husbands abroad. However, complaints received in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) pertaining to desertion/ harassment/deception/cheating by their overseas spouses State-wise are as below:
State wise complaints received in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs from Indian women against harassment/desertion by their overseas spouses from 2005 to 2012 (till 30/6/2012).
Sr.No.
Name of the State/Union Territory
Total
1
Andhra Pradesh
42
2
Assam
5
3
Bihar
4
4
Chhattisgarh
2
5
Delhi
74
6
Gujarat
21
7
Haryana
25
8
Himachal  Pradesh
1
9
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
8
10
Karnataka
7
11
Kerala
19
12
Maharastra
21
13
Madhya Pradesh
6
14
Orissa
2
15
Punjab
101
16
Puducherry (U.T)
1
17
Rajasthan
6
18
Tamil Nadu
31
19
Uttar Pradesh
22
20
Uttaranchal
02
21
West Bengal
18

Total
418

The complaints received by the National Commission for Women, the coordinating agency at the national level to receive and process such complaints relating to Indian women deserted by their overseas husbands, are as below:
State-wise complaints received in the National Commission for Women from September, 2009 till March 2012.
Sl.No.
State
Total number of complaints
1
Delhi
135
2
Uttar Pradesh
68
3
Haryana
56
4
Punjab
53
5
Maharashtra
46
6
Gujarat
39
7
Andhra Pradesh
51
8
Karnataka
23
9
West Bengal
30
10
Tamil Nadu
30
11
Rajasthan
25
12
Madhya Pradesh
18
13
Uttrakhand
11
14
Bihar
10
15
Himachal Pradesh
04
16
Assam
03
17
Jharkhand
04
18
Chhattisgarh
02
19
Orissa
09
20
Kerala
07
21
Goa
02
22
Tripura
02
23
Jammu and Kashmir
04

Others*
126

Total
758
*Complete address not available and details sought.
This information was given by the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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