Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Kerala to host workshop on NRI marriages

Concerned over the increasing number of complaints of fraudulent non-resident Indian marriages, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) will hold a workshop in Kerala in September to address the issue.

The MOIA, which has already held such a workshop in Chandigarh in collaboration with the National Commission for Women (NCW), has published a guidance booklet on marriages to overseas Indian and publicity has been given through print and electronic media to increase awareness, MOIA Minister Vayalar Ravi told Lok Sabha, in a written reply Wednesday.

Ravi said his ministry had taken note of the problems relating to NRI marriages. He said it had passed on the recommendations made by the high-level committee on Indian diaspora and the NCW to all the state governments to contain the fraudulent marriages.

'A proposal that India join the Hague conference on private international law as a member state is also being processed by the government,' the minister said.


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