The regional passport office, Chandigarh, has suspended seven passports of Non-resident Indian (NRI) grooms who have abandoned their wives soon after their wedding. Following a number of complaints, being filed by women against their NRI husbands, of illegally marrying foreign nationals, the regional passport office on Tuesday said that they were impounding the passports of those found guilty.
“These women (brides) can now seek help as we will file complaints with the police. Once a victim has submitted the copies of complaint and FIR, the passport office will verify it with the SP before taking any action,” an official said.
Chandigarh passport office has also issued a new helpline (0172-2971918) where wives of NRIs can report such matter. There are around 12,000 cases, in which women of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh complained against their NRI husbands about their second marriage in the foreign countries without their knowledge, the official added.
A senior official of the passport office added that they have constituted a special team of women who will be working on such cases. “The enquiry and investigation process will be faster than usual as thousands of Indian women suffer in such cases,” he said.
The Ministry of External Affairs has made passport enquiry easier for police as they aren’t required to visit the home of the concerned person for verification.