Be Alert: Be Careful When Marrying People Working Abroad Shocking Case Came From Kerala

Thrissur/Kochi, Agency. A Kerala woman’s husband died in Uganda in June last year due to Kovid-19. He was 46 years old. After the death of her husband, the woman went to the Court to request legal assistance from the Centre. She did not know that her husband also had family in Uganda. According to legal experts, this unfortunate development not only indicates the need for a system to help women in these situations, but also calls for caution when accepting proposals from abroad.

A woman who is unaware of her husband’s infidelity

The Thrissur woman is still unaware of her late husband’s infidelity as her daughter, who does not want to be named, is yet to reveal the shocking information to her 41-year-old mother. The woman had been married for more than 20 years. They have two children, a boy and a girl. Both study at university.

This is how the issue came to the fore

Information about the deceased having another wife and child in Uganda came to light after the Center recorded a statement in the High Court in response to the woman’s legal aid petition. The Center has said in its statement that the family of the deceased person in Uganda was also claiming the amount received under the National Social Security Fund (NSSFB) benefit. The Center told the High Court in May this year that this was the reason for the delay by the NSSFB of Uganda in handing over the amount to the family in India.

The family is not interested in the matter

Lawyer José Abraham said that now the family is not interested in taking the matter forward, which is also evident from the fact that the widow has not yet been informed of these facts.

The Women’s Commission is seriously studying the issue

However, after the situation of the Thrissur family came to the fore, the National Commission for Women (NCW) Serious consideration is being given to how to get justice for these women whose husbands have family abroad or have left them.

be careful people

Abraham, global president of NGO Pravasi Legal Cell, said many such cases come to him in NGO activities and in courts. They argue that there is only one solution for people to be more cautious when entering into a marital relationship with someone who is based or working abroad.

the law required

Kerala Women’s Commission president and advocate P Satheedevi said there is a need for a law or a system to help women in situations as the existing laws have no priority or relevance abroad.

people rush to get married

Abraham said marriage is preferred to people who are settled or working abroad. However, in their rush to marry and move abroad, families here often don’t verify a potential groom’s credentials with the same care and caution as they do domestic proposals.

The women’s commission has limited powers

Abraham said the Kerala Women’s Commission (KWC) or even the NCW have limited powers in such matters. They can apply to the Indian Embassy abroad or the Ministry of External Affairs here to provide legal aid only to the affected person.

KWC Chairperson Sati Devi told PTI that as far as NRIs are concerned, the commission cannot do much when it receives complaints about the abandonment of wives or husbands of other families abroad. However, when the other party, if he works abroad and is not established, is asked to appear before the Commission and try to solve the problem by talking to it.

Indian laws do not prevail abroad

He further said that the commission is also trying to ensure legal assistance for these women abroad by talking to Indian embassies. But in cases like the Thrissur-based family, Indian inheritance laws will not prevail abroad and even providing legal aid may not be helpful as that country may not recognize the woman’s rights here .

Sati Devi further said that the plight of the family indicates the need for some law or order to protect and help women in such situations.

NCW organizes the consultation

Notably, the NCW in June called for helping Indian women abandoned by their NRI husbands on a single platform and bringing together all designated stakeholders to deliberate on the challenges and technical issues faced in dealing with matrimonial affairs of the NRI. was organized by The commission said experts from various organizations shared their views at the open day and whistleblowers from different states also shared their experiences.

These proposals emerged in the debate

Some of the important suggestions made during the discussion include conducting training programs for agencies/police officers dealing with NRI cases, embassies to address the issue of women in distress on priority, establishing a national helpline for victims and send them abroad. reporting on different programs of the Ministry.

Edited by: Achyut Kumar

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