Chandigarh, July 17 (UNI) With a view to rehabilitating abandoned wives of the Punjabi NRIs, legally and economically, the Union Government has decided to extend financial aid to them.
Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the prime objective of this scheme was to extend financial support to the deserted wives so that they could fight a legal battle for their rights. He further said that this aid would be provided to them through various duly registered women organisations, associations of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Non-Government Organisations, (NGOs).
Giving details, the spokesman said that the NRI wives, who were deserted within five years of their marriage and those who had intiated legal divorce proceedings against their husbands, would be given an initial amount of 1000 US dollars for the expenses incurred on legal formalities. He further said that legal assistance to get a maintenance allowance would also be provided to those who were tortured by their NRI husbands even after 10 years of marriage and had been given ex parte divorce, provided the marriage was solemnised in India.
He said that the application forwarded by the NRI brides must accompany relevant documents like the date of marriage, documents pertaining to the registration of marriage in India, date of actual desertion, date of initiating divorce proceedings, passport details, date of ex parte divorce and annual income from all the sources, along with details of financial aid being given at any other NGO/ Voluntary organisation.
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