Deserter ‘NRI husbands’ may soon lose assets, passports – Times Of India
NEW DELHI: The government is considering changes in the law to enable confiscation of an absconding NRI husband’s share of joint property and prevention of alienation of commonly held land to build pressure on delinquent spouses who refuse to answer court summons.
Spurred by reports of several cases, many from Punjab, of “NRI husbands” who marry women promising an attractive lifestyle but turn deserters soon after, a group of ministers has shortlisted possible measures that will act as a deterrent and also help deliver justice to wives in distress.
These measures include a dedicated website for putting up unanswered summonses which will be set up by the ministry of external affairs. If husbands facing legal action refuse to answer or evade summonses, these will be deemed to have been served once they appear on this website. This is to deal with offenders who move countries and sometimes change identities to evade the legal process.
Also under consideration are strict measures like revocation of passports in case of husbands who fail to respond to summonses and declaring them absconders.
Compulsory registration of NRI marriages within 48 hours of a wedding being solemnised is another measure that will be put on fast track now.
The development is significant as the GoM, comprising of senior ministers like
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