NRI husband offers 32 lakh rupees (about US$ 48,000) to settle dowry case

A few months ago there was news from Indian supreme court on enforcement of anti-dowry law ("Indian Supreme Court says: women 'misusing' dowry law" ). In an interesting twist, an Indian woman lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against her husband and mother-in-law at Dattawadi police station in India under various provisions of the IPC for offences including dowry harassment (section 498A) and assault (section 323).

Based on the FIR a lookout notice was issued against the mother and son by the deputy director, Indian Bureau of Immigration. Apprehending arrest if they returned to India, the two approached the Mumbai High Court seeking relief.

The NRI husband had approached the High Court to 'settle' the case offering 31.6 lakh rupees (about US$ 48,000) and returning the wife's personal belongings, including silver utensils, that was left back in her matrimonial home in America.

As per media account (link), a division bench of Justice Ranjit More and …

Indian police find it tough to corner NRI husbands

An article in Deccan Chronicle highlights how Hyderabad police are "having a hard time dealing with cases of domestic violence and dowry harassment reported by women whose husbands are non-resident Indians (NRIs).  One hundred such cases, the maximum number in the city, have been reported so far this year in the south zone. As per guidelines issued by the Supreme Court, counselling should be the first course of action when dealing with dowry-related cases."

The Author of the article adds:

“As soon as a case is registered, the husband, if at all he is in the city, escapes to his workplace, which is usually in the Middle East. He does not come back for two to three years, or even longer. Until then, his wife is deprived of justice,” he says.  G. Laxmi Madhavi,  Inspector of the Women’s Police Station (South Zone), says that the men often come to the police along with their advocates, intent on divorcing their wives.

“Though it is a strenuous job, we try to unite the couple in…

NRI divorces Hyderabad woman by placing advertisement in Urdu newspaper

In an brazier story, Mohd Mustaquddin, a Non Resident Indian (NRI) working in Saudi Arabia divorced his wife in India by placing an advertisement in an Urdu newspaper in Hyderabad.

According to a complaint filed by Mohd Mustaquddin's wife, he traveled to India with his wife and a 10-month-old child during September. He left them in Hyderabad and returned back to Saudi Arabia and placed the advert in the newspaper.

The police have registered a case against the accused under sections 498 (A) (husband or relative of husband subjecting a woman to cruelty), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).  The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP, South zone), V. Satyanarayana was quoted saying that a case has been registered against Qazi (Muslim cleric) of Shahalibanda, advocate Shakeel and Manaziruddin’s family.

Even after the Indian Supreme Court banned "triple talaq," muslim women continue to face the challenge. On August 22 this year, the Sup…

Australia set to become the first country outside India to have dowry law

According to media accounts, Australia is set to become the first country outside India to have laws targeting dowry abuse.

A dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts or money at the marriage of a daughter.  Dowry contrasts with the related concepts of bride price and dower. While bride price or bride service is a payment by the groom or his family to the bride's parents, dowry is the wealth transferred from the bride's family to the groom or his family, ostensibly for the bride. - Wikipedia
There have been lot of discussions on the topic and how Non Resident Indian (NRI) men living in the west, including those with Australian citizenship command higher dowries. Turns out, some unscrupulous men are taking advantage of this. The Australian Government is preparing legislation that will target unscrupulous husbands extorting dowry money from the families of their wives. The move coincides with a new report revealing the extent of domestic abuse suffered by migrant women. …

Abused By NRI Husbands, Then Accused Of Abducting Kids To India

She was numb and shocked. She had just been violently hit and choked again before her 6-month-old daughter in New Jersey, USA. She dragged herself to dial 911. The police arrived, interrogated her, and took pictures of her injuries. But, instead of protecting her, they notified Child Protective Services who threatened to take her child away from her. As Aditi Satya (not her real name) talks to me, her eyes well up again. "I came to India because he and his family asked me to relocate. Despite that, my husband filed a false child abduction complaint against me over the phone from India, after I initiated domestic violence proceedings against him. Without evidence and without a proper hearing, my husband used US courts to criminalize me, the mother of the child. After obtaining the fraudulent US order, he has made my life, the life of my child and parents a living hell. He is litigating in every court in India and temporary custody has been given to me. Although he exercises visita…

Take passports of NRI husbands to stop divorce ?

A proposal to impound or cancel the passports of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who desert or harass their wives and higher financial aid for abandoned wives could reduce the number of marital disputes and divorces among Indian expats in the UAE, experts dealing with these issues have said.
A high-level committee constituted in May by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last month recommended impounding or cancelling the passports of NRIs who harass their wives or desert them.

Following several complaints lodged by women deserted by their NRI husbands, the nine-member panel headed by retired judge Arvind Kumar Goel looked into various legal and regulatory challenges and suggested measures to address them.
Financial aid to abandoned wives
These include bringing domestic violence under the ambit of extradition treaties and increasing financial aid provided by Indian missions to abandoned wives from $3,000 (Dh11,000) to $6,000, Indian media reported.

Making registration of NRI ma…

NRI divorce frauds: Men try to avoid Indian courts

Experts from the Telangana State Women’s Commission, which is executing legal battles against NRI grooms who have deserted their wives, say that there must be a legal course of action to address NRI divorce frauds. The Commission has suggested various remedies including the introduction of a treaty to disallow courts abroad from handling cases pertaining to marriages solemnised in India. The Commission has held this position with the National Commission and the Ministry of External Affairs for years.

Tripurana Venkat Ratnam, the Chair-person of the State Women’s Commission, says, “There must be a treaty to forbid other countries from handling cases pertaining to marriages that have been solemnised as per Indian laws.” The Supreme Court in its various judgements has maintained that a divorce granted by a foreign court stands invalid in India. This means that a woman who has been married in India but divorced abroad is entitled to contest for maintenance and custody rights in India.