Warning to run-away NRI husbands, 5 passports revoked

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has revoked the passports of five Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) out of six cases for abandoning their wives shortly after marriage or following disputes.

According to New Indian Express reports, the development comes after Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) headed by the secretary of the Women and Child Development Ministry proposed to the MEA to take stringent action in NRI matrimonial dispute cases and had recommended the revocation of passport.

This will force NRI grooms abandoning their wives to return to India and face the law, which they had been deliberately evading arrest even after being summoned by the MEA.

“This is a crucial step the government has taken to curb this fast-growing menace as we are abandoned with complaints where brides are dumped by NRI grooms post weddings,” a senior WCD ministry official said.

With rising in a number of cases where the NRI husbands accused of alleged frauds, domestic violence, extra-marital affairs, ex-parte divorce, abandonment among others, the ministry had earlier this month proposed to confiscate passports and properties of alleged perpetrators.