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Wife decides to take on errant NRI man after 15 years' wait

Written by: Staff

Jalandhar, Aug 25 (UNI) After waiting 15 long years for her NRI husband to return home, Balwinder Kaur's patience has now given way to ire.

Even as the long-nursed dream of Kaur to lead a ''happy married life someday'' shattered with the news that her Canada-based husband had tied the knot with another woman, the gutsy wife has refused to be resigned to her fate and has pproached the court and National Commission for Women for securing her marital rights.

Narrating her tale before the media here today, Kaur from Unchalpind near here, said that she was married to Amarjit Singh Hothi of nearby Bulandpur in August 1987. Her husband left for Germany in 1991 in search of a job and later shifted to Canada.

Since then, she has been waiting for him at her matrimonial home and living with her laws's family as she was assured time and again by her husband that either he would call her to join him in Canada or he himself would return, she said.

However, her prolonged wait never came to an end as Amarjit had married another woman apparently concealing his marital status.

On knowing about Amarijit's second marriage, the village panchayat tried to resolve the matter but it failed to enforce a compromise.

Meanwhile, on her complaint to the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, Amarjit was deported to India but instead of coming to his home in Bulandpur he stayed in the other woman's home in Chandigarh, Kaur said.

She alleged that when she sought intervention from the police, both the Chandigarh Police and Punjab Police favoured her husband and she had to file a petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court to lodge an FIR against her husband.

Now she would also seek help from the National Commission for Women and other women's rights activists, Balwinder Kaur said.


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