Hyderabad: An NRI women’s safety cell has been formed to provide legal guidance to women in troubled NRI marriages. It is supported by NILA, an NGO for aggrieved women in NRI marriages.
IG, Women Safety Cell, Swati Lakra, said: “The cell will guide station house officers during investigations of cases related to harassment of NRI spouse or relatives. Training in investigation and various procedures will be given to the SHOs. Legal guidance will be given to the victims.
Regional passport officials are involved as they are competent authority to cancel passports. Mr Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Regional Passport Officer, Hyderabad, said, “The ministry of external affairs is sensitive to the harassment of women by NRI spouses. The MEA has established an Integrated Nodal Agency to help such victims in fighting legal battles. Embassies in various countries have been allotted a budget to support the victims in emergencies and also 193 NGOs provide support in counselling and legal advice.”
Ms Tripuraneni Venkataratnam, former chairperson of the State Women's Commission emphasised that the registration of NRI marriages should be brought in force.enforced Previous circulars and letters written by magistrates in cases of such harassments will be helpful for the SHOs....