The NRI wing of the Punjab government is going to start with the process of finding out NRI men who married Indian women in Punjab and fled the country after marriage. The state government has resolved to bring back such men and hold them accountable for their marriages. The wives in such situation are called ‘Honeymoon brides’, which is a common slang in the state.

The NRI wing states that there are about 30,000 wives in the state with immigrant husbands.

A victim of one such marriage, Satvinder Kaur, said that the term Honeymoon bride is derogatory and objectified women and that people should refrain from using it

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President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGPC) Manjeet Singh GK and General Secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa wrote to the Gyani Gurubachan Jathedar Shri Akal Takht, requesting it to ask for a thorough inquiry of to-be NRI husbands before performing the Anand Karaj (Sikh wedding ceremony), TOI reported.

GK also addressed the letter to Union minister of home affairs, Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Punjab chief minister Amrinder Singh.

A victim of one such marriage, Satvinder Kaur, said that the term Honeymoon bride is derogatory and objectified women and that people should refrain from using it.

GK also said that DSGPC is going to form an NRI cell to resolve such issues.

The Women and Child Development ministry is also looking for a solution to the issue of NRI wife deserters. The ministry has collaborated with the Union Law ministry to formulate strict laws so NRI men cannot get away after abandoning their wives either in India or abroad. However, the recommendations made by the WCD ministry have not cut well with the law ministry, and so the implementation is taking some time.

However, the WCD ministry is not in the mood of letting it slip as officials from the ministry have said that it is after months of several meetings that they have formulated stricter laws and regulations. So they will pursue it again with the Law ministry.

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