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Indian Supreme Court directs removal of couple's pictures from social media after divorce

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In a case of highly contested divorce where couples filed over 18 civil and criminal proceedings against each other, the Indian Supreme Court directed the estranged husband to remove the pictures of a couple from all social media platforms, leaving them with no footprint of their bitter relationship.

The bench, comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, accepted a plea made by advocate Dushyant Parashar, appearing for the wife to issue directions for removal of her pictures from all of her estraged husband's social media platforms.

This is the first time such a case went before Supreme Court for review under Article 142 of the Constitution. The judges said that in order for the woman to move ahead in life, all her pictures from any social media platforms be removed.  The court directed that "Neither the husband nor the wife shall put the photographs of each other in any mode at any place which would also include social media or online"



The couple from Mahar…

Passports of 10 People under Indian government scrutiny Over NRI Marriage Disputes

Last week we read "news about Indian Government setting up website to register, track NRI marriages"
The ministry for women and child development is setting up a website on which registrars from states across the country will have to upload details related to NRI marriages, in a move aimed at tacking the issue of NRI husbands abandoning or ill-treating their wives.

The integrated nodal agency (INA), an inter-ministerial body that is examining the issues faced by women trapped in bad marriages with Non-Resident Indian husbands, is reviewing requests of revocation of 10 passports made by the National Commission for Women. The committee has asked the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to expedite action. INA, which has begun investigations into the matter of absconding NRI husbands, chaired its first meeting on Jan. 18, which was headed by Maneka Gandhi, the Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD). The WCD ministry took to the social media to update people about its pro…

Indian Government setting up website to register, track NRI marriages

The ministry for women and child development is setting up a website on which registrars from states across the country will have to upload details related to NRI marriages, in a move aimed at tacking the issue of NRI husbands abandoning or ill-treating their wives. On 20 December, the ministry also constituted an integrated nodal agency headed by its secretary to address all issues related to NRI marital disputes. The developments follow recommendations made by an inter-ministerial panel headed by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to review the legal and regulatory challenges faced by women deserted by NRI men. “Having a website that has all data related to marriages of NRIs with Indian nationals, including the address of the NRI groom, where he works, etc. will help us to tackle complaints more promptly. It will be mandatory for registrars to upload all details soon after a marriage is registered,” said a senior official of the ministry on condition of anonymity. Although the…

Divorce Q&A : Spouses living in the US and other countries

Here is an Anon question from an online forum.
What happens to my assets if I have a green card and I divorce my foreign wife that is living abroad and is doing the spouse green card process?
First the basics: The nationality of you and your spouse is unclear. You say that you have a green card (and have a foreign passport) and your “foreign wife that is living abroad and is doing the spouse green card process” I assume this means she is NOT living in America with you and is still living in her native country.

Divorce is an unfortunate reality of modern times and is especially hard when spouses are of different nationalities.

Divorce laws in the US vary across the country since each state has its own regulations and processes. Generally people residing a state - even foreign nationals legally resident there - can file for divorce in that state.

For instance, if you live in Colorado, you will be governed by the laws of that state. You and your spouse will file for a divorce petition …

Must Read Stories of Arranged Marriage and Divorce

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Arranged marriage and divorce are becoming more and more common. We bring you some thought-provoking stories of these kinds of marital breakups.



Sunita was born and brought up in Agra. She even got her BSc degree qualification in Biometrics in the city of the ‘Taj Mahal’. She had no time for love and was ready to have an arranged marriage organised by her parents and family. After seeing a few suitors with rejects from her and them, she to a match called Aamir from Bangalore who was a software engineer and working for a major IT firm. He had a busy work schedule so they met on Skype for the first time and got on very well. She agreed and so did he. Their engagement was arranged for a month later which was the first time they met. She was very attracted to him as soon as she met him and he liked her immensely. The wedding date was set and they kept in touch and she adored the communication with him and fell for him. During conversations, she learnt about a severe alcohol problem Aamir …

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…