New Delhi (Sputnik) — The government of India now considering stringent laws to combat the problem of men, especially, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) deserting their wives abroad. The problem has been increasing at an alarming rate in the last few years.
In an interview with the Times of India, Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) said that the growing incidence of NRIs deserting their wives in India has raised the possibility of more stringent laws.
"NCW has received a total of 2,244 complaints from women against their NRI husbands. Yes, the number of complaints is increasing every year. There were 425 complaints in 2014, 422 in 2015, 468 in 2016, 528 in 2017 and 401 this year, to date," Sharma said.
"Compulsory registration of marriage could prove to be a very important measure of making very relevant information about the grooms accessible to the brides and their families. Information such as passport, social security number, employment status, and immigration status in the foreign country would have to be submitted by the groom at the time of registration of marriage and it would help in preventing the desertion of women," NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said.
The government of India is also considering invoking the Indian Penal Code to label such men deserting their wives as an absconder so that their properties could be attached.