NRI Wives seek help frequently: One NRI wife calls home for help every 8 hours

A few weeks ago we blogged about "Indian Government setting up website to register, track NRI marriages"  According to a report, ICSSR to conduct research on NRI brides in country : The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), a body under the HRD ministry, is planning to conduct a research on NRI brides in the country.  "The culture by NRI men to come to their homeland and marry girls here is quite old but not all the times these marriages are successful. There have been so many cases when the grooms left the brides here itself or forged certain details about themselves," ICSSR Chairman BB Kumar told PTI. 

An article reports "One NRI wife calls home for help every 8 hours". It highlights issues and challenges faced by spouses of Non Resident Indians:

  • At least one woman married to an NRI calls home every 8 hours seeking help to return after being deserted by her husband.
  • Complaints received by MEA show that in the 1,064 days between Jan 2015 and Nov 2017, the ministry received 3,328 such complaints.
  • Most of the women are originally from Punjab and Andhra-Telangana followed by Gujarat.
Another writer, Sudip Roy writes 

It’s a statistic that should make us cringe. The Ministry of External Affairs received 3,328 distress calls from NRI women between 1 January 2015 and 30 November 2017, news reports say. That’s about one call every eight hours.
Statistics are slippery things and it is not fair to use these bare numbers to build up some bogey of the abusive NRI man. Nor is it fair to assume that his domestic counterpart comes in a far more spouse-friendly package.

 A few more media reports along similar lines:

  • Six years on, NRI booked for deserting wife 15 days after marriage in Jalandhar - The Adampur police on Monday booked a 50-year-old non-resident Indian (NRI), Amarjeet Singh, of Parasrampur village, for allegedly deserting his 18-year-old wife, Rubi, now 24, of Alabhalpur village 15 days after the marriage on February 2, 2012. The case has been registered under Section 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the IPC on the complaint of Ruby.

  • NRI Anaesthetist commits suicide over divorce in UK - An Indian-origin anaesthetist who was heartbroken after receiving divorce papers from his wife committed suicide by taking an overdose of a cocktail of drugs in the East Midlands region of England, an inquest into his death concluded. Indian-born George Eapen had completed his medical studies in Chennai and worked at a Mumbai hospital before moving to the UK in 2001.


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