Government in process of preparing Bill to attach properties of NRI husbands in domestic violence cases

The Centre is working on a bill which will allow the government to attach properties of NRI husbands if they do not respond to court summons in domestic violence cases. This move comes after the rise in case of domestic violence against women who had married non-resident Indians (NRI).

According to Indian Express, the MEA will also publish the summons on its official website. The Maharashtra State Commission of Women has been increasingly seeking help from the MEA to issue lookout notices for NRI husbands. In one of the cases, a 29-year-old woman from Nashik filed for divorce and a case of domestic violence against her NRI husband based in Sydney, but even after multiple hearings, the husband did not appear before the court. The woman then later approached the MEA and asked them how she can bring back an NRI to India.

The 29-year-old woman got married to a Pune-based man in December 2016, and later migrated to Australia. She told the leading daily, “I was not comfortable with my husband’s way of performing sex and approached a psychologist in Sydney. My in-laws knew everything.” The woman returned to India in 2017 to attend her sister’s wedding and later her husband cancelled her spouse visa in Australia. The woman in January 2018, registered a domestic violence complaint to Gangapur police and also filed for divorce. According to her complaint, three court summons has been issued to her husband. She had also approached the state women commission that conducted four hearings.

MEA Joint Secretary Manoj Mahapatra told the leading daily, “The government is in the process of making it mandatory for each NRI to register their marriage with the ministry. We have received 4,300 complaints related to NRIs in the last three years in foreign countries. The Centre provides $4,000 as a legal and medical aid to Indian women stranded abroad due to labour or marriage issues.”

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