India to bring bill to prevent NRI husbands from abandoning their wives

India to bring bill to prevent NRI husbands from abandoning their wives

The government would bring a bill in the coming winter session of the Parliament as part of its efforts to check the menace of NRI husbands abandoning their wives, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday.

“We have already launched an institutional mechanism, where you must have seen that 25 passports of such NRI husbands have been revoked. We are also bringing a bill in this session where some more measures are being taken against those husbands,” she told reporters in Hyderabad.

On November 13, the Supreme Court has also sought response from the Centre on a plea seeking mandatory arrest of NRIs deserting their wives and harassing them for dowry.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph issued notices to the Centre on the plea seeking that the deserted women be accorded legal, financial help and their estranged NRI husbands be arrested after the filing of FIRs.

A group women, who have allegedly been deserted by their NRI husbands and subjected to dowry harassment, have moved the apex court seeking reliefs including mandatory arrest of their estranged spouses and consular help in fighting cases in foreign land

 

Via hindustantimes.com

Modified rules for acquiring OCI and renouncing Indian citizenship

Modified rules for acquiring OCI and renouncing Indian citizenship

The government of India has published a revised form for the declaration of renunciation by Indian citizens. According to media reports, the revised form obliges the applicant to specify the circumstances the Indian citizens are acquiring foreign citizenship.

According to news agency PTI, the notification says the concerned authorities will examine the exactitude of the declaration of renunciation of citizenship of India before registering it, and then a certificate of renunciation of Indian citizenship will be issued.


Another significant change is in the rules to acquire an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card. Now, a foreign-origin spouse of any Indian national will be eligible for a privileged OCI card, according to the news agency PTI.

An OCI is a multipurpose card which grants a life-long visa with multiple entries for visiting India. The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a notification that a foreign-spouse of any Indian-origin would be able to apply for OCI card, provided he or she meet the conditions.

 

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