Tiruchirapalli, Dec 23 (UNI) The National Commission for Women(NCW) will take appropriate action against a Non Resident Indian(NRI) in United States for allegedly harassing his wife, NCW Member Nirmala Venkatesh said today.
Talking to newspersons here she said, soon after meeting the victim Ms Geetha at her residence and recording her submissions against her husband Christis Danius action would be initiated on priority basis.
Ms Venkatesh said the Commission would refer the case to the Ministry of External Affairs and to the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. The Commission would also take steps to initiate stern action against Mr Danius by summoning him to India, she added.
She said the Commission was not aware of the case initially as neither Ms Geetha nor her parents lodged a complaint to the Commission. The NCW came to know about the tragic incident from media reports and got in touch with the police to elicit further information, she added.
The NCW Member said marriages to NRI grooms were unsuccessful of late. As many as 15,000 cases of harassment were reported from Punjab,followed by Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, she added.
She said the Commission urged the ministry concerned to include the photograph and fingerprints of the spouses, while issuing passports.
Ms Geetha was married to Mr Danius, both hailing from this district, last year and settled in United States. It was, however, alleged that Ms Geetha faced harassment from her husband and her in-laws. It was also alleged that she was pushed out from a car by them.
The grief-stricken woman was admitted to a hospital in United States and her father Sebastian went there to bring her daughter home.
Mr Sebastian lodged a complaint to the Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu in Chennai and the Tiruchirapalli City Police Commissioner in this connection.
Ms Geetha, after undergoing treatment at Chennai and here, was recuperating.