Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 | 30 Jumada Al Oula 1441
Law on registration of NRI marriages within 30 days mooted

Law on registration of NRI marriages inside 30 days mooted

According to the provisions of the bill, it is mandatory for NRIs to register their marriage inside 30 days in India or abroad. This will supply far better enforcement of rights of the deserted spouse beneath different family members laws.

Sushma Swaraj, Indian Minister of External Affairs, has introduced the ‘Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019’ in Rajya Sabha following complaints received from females deserted or harassed by their husbands. The bill proposes to supply higher protection to Indian females married to NRIs. It is an outcome of an initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law and Justice.

It envisages (i) Registration of Marriages by Non-Resident Indians (ii) Amendment of the Passports Act 1967 and (iii) Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) 1973.

Similarly, the Amendment to the Passport Act will empower the passport authority to impound or revoke the passport if it is brought to notice that the NRI had not registered his marriage inside 30 days.

The Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 will empower the courts to concern summons or warrants via the specially designated site of MEA. It also has provisions for attachment of properties belonging to the NRI, if he does not seem prior to the court and is declared as proclaimed offender by the court.

Shiba Ray, an occasion organiser with a private sector business in Oman mentioned, “I have read a media report that said at least one woman married to an NRI calls home every eight hours seeking help due to abuse or harassment. Being a mother of two daughters I support this move and I am sure every single woman will do so. At least this will deter the NRIs from abandoning their better halves.”

Haritha S, an IT executive in a private sector business mentioned, “We talk of empowering women and this move is one of them. It should have been initiated long back but better late than never.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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