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Govt of India contemplating dual passports for girls married to NRIs

Govt contemplating dual passports for girls married to NRIs
18 January 2010
NEW DELHI: In a bid to help women stuck in abusive NRI marriages, the government is contemplating a dual passport system for girls who get married to Non-Resident Indians and migrate abroad with their husbands.

The proposal for the dual passport system has been sent to the external affairs ministry, women and child development minister Krishna Tirath said adding the National Commission for Women has also been asked to prepare a detailed report on such marriages and how to address the issue of abused women in such relationships.

While one of the passports would remain with the parents of the girl, the other one will be the general document to be used for travelling.

"The process would begin with the compulsory registration of NRI marriages. As soon as the marriage is registered, the authorities will issue two passports for the girl," Tirath said at the social editor's conference here.

Apart from this, the government would also ask its missions abroad to monitor any such marriages in their country at least for the first three years.

The NCW has received over 1,000 complaints from women against NRIs with regard to marriage-related violence and other offences.

There was also a spurt in the number of "marriage frauds" where women were the victims.

The minister said that the government was also looking at formulating a special law against witch hunting.

"At present, the laws for murder are used to deal with such cases. But we need a special law to deal with such cases, specially in tribal societies," she said.

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