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Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses

Topics Covered:

  1. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.


Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses


What to study?

  • For Prelims: Key features of the bill.
  • For Mains: Concerns present and the need for a legislation on this.


Context: In a bid to counter growing incidents of exploitation of Indian women by NRI (Non Resident Indian) spouses, the government has introduced a Bill in the Rajya Sabha.


Highlights of the Bill:

  • The Bill is aimed at prevent victimisation of Indian nationals in fraudulent marriages.
  • The Bill will create accountability and protect those who are trapped in fraudulent marriages and are abandoned by their spouses.
  • According to the new Bill, a marriage between an NRI and an Indian citizen will have to be registered within 30 days from the date of marriage.
  • Necessary legal provisions have been created in the criminal code and the Passports Act, 1967, to initiate action against erring NRI spouses.


What necessitated this?

The introduction of the Bill was necessitated by the Ministry of External Affairs due to numerous complaints received from Indian nationals, mostly women deserted or harassed by their Non-Resident Indian spouses. It is expected that the Bill will serve as a deterrent for NRI spouses, who use marriages as a tool of exploitation.


Sources: the hindu.