he government has said that a detailed proposal, including points like mandatory registration of NRI marriages within one week with penal consequences for non-registration, would be placed before the Cabinet for its approval.

The government has canceled passports of 33 non-resident Indians (NRIs) for abandoning their wives, the women and child development ministry (WCD) announced on Dec. 12.

This is the second time the WCD ministry is canceling passports of errant NRI husbands.

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According to a report by Indian news agency PTI, the Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) made to investigate the matter has been issuing Look-Out Circulars to absconding NRI husbands and till now, 8 LoCs have been issued and 33 passports have been impounded by the external affairs ministry.

The WCD ministry has also said that a detailed proposal, including points like mandatory registration of NRI marriages within one week with penal consequences for non-registration, would be placed before the Cabinet for its approval, the news agency said.

Another clause includes amendments in passport rules to facilitate its cancellation for absconders, the news agency quoted a WCD Ministry official as saying.

“The WCD Ministry and NCW (National Commission for Women) are taking every possible step to protect women in NRI marriages. We serve as a nodal point of contact for grievances received from women on the dedicated email address [email protected] and coordinate the redressal system,” the WCD said in a tweet.

“The problem of women being abandoned in NRI marriages is a serious issue. For the first time, WCD ministry, the ministry of external affairs and ministry of home affairs are providing coordinated support to women facing problems in their marriage to NRIs,” the WCD said in another tweet.

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