Patterns of marital abuse and desertion faced by brides who marry beyond the borders of India to NRIs include people of Indian origin, who are born outside India or people of Indian origin who reside outside India. As per the 2018 report of National Commission for Women, 578 wife abandonment cases were registered against NRIs in India.
The women in most of these cases are helpless and powerless to legally contest their spouses’ actions either due to financial constraints or immigration issues that hampers them from travelling to enter appearances in court proceedings or due to lack of support and knowledge about the legal system in the foreign country.
Some of the issues faced by Indian women in NRI marriage are:
The Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019, proposes to offer greater protection to Indian women married to NRIs and serve as a deterrent to NRIs against harassment of their spouses.
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