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Compulsory registration of marriages within 30 days – Bill on NRI Marriages introduced

Compulsory registration of marriages within 30 days – Bill on NRI Marriages introduced by EAM

Washington, DC
February 18, 2019

It is to inform you that the Hon’ble External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, has introduced a Bill on NRI Marriages in the Rajya Sabha on February 11, 2019. The pro-active approach of Hon’ble EAM is in the backdrop of numerous complaints received from Indian nationals, mostly women, who have been deserted or harassed by their Non-Resident Indian spouses. The Bill proposes to offer greater protection to Indian women married to NRIs and serve as a deterrent to NRIs against harassment of their spouses.

2. The Bill seeks compulsory registration of marriages within 30 days of marriage in India or abroad and to provide better enforcement of rights of the deserted spouses under various family laws. It also seeks amendment to the Passport Act to empower the Passport Authority to impound or revoke passport of NRIs, if brought to its notice that the NRI has not registered the marriage within 30 days from the date of marriage. Additionally, amendments to Code of Criminal Procedures are also envisaged to empower the Courts to issue summons/warrants through specially designated website of the Ministry of External Affairs. It provides provisions for attachment of properties belonging to the NRI if he does not appear before the Court and is declared a proclaimed offender.

3. Please click here for copy of the proposed Bill and please click here for the Press Release issued by MEA on the subject.

4. You are requested to bring the Bill and proactive approach of the Government of India to the notice of your organization and the Indian community.