Things you MUST check before marrying your NRI (non-resident Indian) spouse.
Deals with issues related to NRI marriages and domestic violence.
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The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs offers legal/financial assistance to Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands..
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Ask for help from the Indian Consulate in San Francisco via this link
Click on Community Affairs, then select Domestic Violence/Abuse Against Women
File a complaint with the National Commission of Women to register your case in India.
Call their HELPLINE
Read their latest report for more information.
How to address issues related to Marriages of Indian Women to NRI/PIOs
1. Is there any method through which I can check the background of my PIO/NRI fiancé (bride or groom)?
Before you are engaged to or marry an NRI / PIO, please verify through your network of family, friends, neighbors etc. (both in India and in foreign country), the following details:
1. Verify the status of the spouse as actually represented, especially with regard to the following particulars:
Check the following documents relating to the spouse and keep a copy with you and your parents:
If you are not able to verify this information through your network of friends, relatives, you may contact the local Indian associations/ bodies/ NGOs etc. in the country where the NRI/PIO fiancé is residing to seek help in checking his details/background of the fiancé.
3. Remember the following strict Don’ts in respect of NRI marriages:
My husband is demanding dowry and is ill-treating me after I moved with him to a foreign country. What should I do?
Some of the states in the Indian Union have enacted legislations to make marriage registration compulsory; These states are Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. Registration of marriage is optional in other states.
After you marry the PIO/NRI, you must register the marriage at the office of the Registrar in India before you/your husband leave the country. The marriage certificate issued by the Registrars’ office and a copy of it should be kept with you and your family in India.
Please keep adequate proof like marriage photographs, wedding invitation, copy of the husbands’ passport driving license, any other ID proof issued by the foreign country, visa address proof of both bride and groom etc.
Please remember the following points
What are the other precautions one should take before leaving India after marrying to NRI spouses?
What are the precautions a newlywed Indian woman can take in a foreign country?
Does the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs provide Legal and Financial Assistance to Indian Women Deserted by their Overseas Indian-Spouses?