Ludhiana, February 9, 2013: Serious and detailed discussions were held during a programme on "Mental and Social Trauma among Women deserted by NRI Husbands" held at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Daljinder Singh Dhillon, SP, NRI Affairs, asserted that parents must verify credentials of NRIs in detail before marrying their daughters abroad. He added this precaution would minimise chances of fraud at the end of NRIs marrying to daughters of locals.
In an interesting revelation, Dhillon said in the past, a cell was set up for extending help to the NRIs, but it started receiving more complaints against the NRIs. He added more than sixteen per cent of the cases among these were to do with deserted wives.
Another speaker, GS Saun, Director, Indian Council of Social Science Research, opined that girls should be consulted before marriage. He said rather, it should be made mandatory.
Expressing his views on the topic, KK Singla, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, Legal Services Authority, spoke about legal provisions, and said women could seek maintenance under Section 125 of the criminal procedure code (CrPC).
Further, Singla said under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, a woman might also claim to stay at the residence of her husband with the court's order. He also said the Punjab Legal Security Authority provided free legal aid to women. He asserted that parents should give higher education to their daughters.