Indian government receives over 4,700 complaints from spouses abandoned by NRIs

Highlighting the Indian government’s push to deal with abandoned spouses, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma said that more than 4,700 complaints of women who were abandoned by their NRI husbands have been received in the last 10 years. 

a national seminar on “NRI Marriages and Related Issues” in association with
National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma (centre) chaired a national seminar on 'NRI Marriages and Related Issues' in Patiala. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@NCWIndia

The highest number of grievances came from Punjab and Delhi, she added.

Looking into country-wise statistics, Sharma said the highest number of complaints have been received from the USA, followed by Australia and Canada.

"As many as 1,105 complaints have been received about NRI husbands living in the US followed by Australia at 378 and Canada at 326 in the last 10 years," she said.

In the last 10 years, Sharma said they received a total of 4,779 complaints with the highest number received in 2018 at 750, followed by 582 in 2019.

"Around 13.92 per cent of complaints were received from Delhi at 665, followed by 10 per cent of complaints received from Punjab at 479," she added.

The NCW chairperson emphasised the need to increase awareness among families to do proper background research into the man looking to marry their daughter.

"It is better to prevent such a marriage and for that, it is important that there is awareness among people to do a proper background search. Secondly, it is also important the perception around marrying daughters to NRIs change," she added.