All NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours: Maneka Gandhi

“Maneka Gandhi is going to create ‘Lakshman Rekha’ of safety for women who marry people who come from abroad.”

All NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours, else the passport and visas would not be issued, Maneka Gandhi said at a press conference on 6th June Wednesday. Currently, there is no time frame to register marriages in India. Now in Punjab, it is mandatorily to register NRI marriages.

All NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours

All NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours: Maneka Gandhi

All NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours, else the passport and visas would not be issued. Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi said on 6th June Wednesday that all marriages of Non-Resident Indians (NRI) solemnized in India have to be registered within 48 hours to prevent non-issuance of passport and visas.
Maneka Gandhi also said that the
Women and Child Development  (WCD) Ministry is in the process of issuing orders to the registrars that details of such marriages should be provided to it so that a central database can be maintained.

It is an effort to implement stringent laws against Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) abandoning their wives in India. The ministry has recently issued six look-out circulars in such cases and in five cases, passports were revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs, as per the report.

The WCD Ministry has been working along with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to improve overall police responsiveness to gender-sensitive cases and to bring visibility to more women in the police force.

She also said an advisory has been issued to all state governments to increase representation of women in police to 33 percent of the total strength. So far, this reservation has been extended in 10 states and seven UTs.

How will this new order become worthy?

# As of now, there is no time frame to register marriages in India. However, a Law Commission report has recommended that the time limit to register marriages should be restricted to 30 days after which a penalty of Rs 5 per day could be imposed. Currently, few states such as Punjab mandatorily register NRI marriages.

# The ministry had earlier constituted an Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) with representatives from the ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs and Law and Justice to look into matrimonial disputes involving Non-resident Indians (NRI).

# According to the recommendation of the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the decisions are taken in the INA, look-out circulars are issued as per criteria defined by the MHA, for keeping a watch on arrival or departure of NRI husbands and preventing them from leaving India, as per the report.

# Also a change in the statute by the Law Ministry allowing authorities to hold the properties of NRI offenders in escrow in case they abscond abandoning their spouse is awaited before the databases can be finalized. 

# Escrow is a legal concept in which a financial instrument or an asset is held by a third party on behalf of two other parties that are in the process of completing a transaction.

Maneka Gandhi further said that there should be an international alliance to ensure full protection to women and children from the borderless nature of cybercrime.
She also urged the development of an online central reporting mechanism for lodging and escalating complaints of cybercrime from anywhere at any time and making a mechanism for real-time removal and blocking of offensive material online.

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