New Delhi: The passports of 45 non-resident Indians (NRIs) have been cancelled for abandoning their wives, said Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.
Gandhi said the Integrated Nodal Agency formed to look into the matter has been issuing Look-Out Circulars to absconding husbands in cases of NRI marriages and 45 passports have been impounded by the External Affairs Ministry.
The agency is headed by Rakesh Srivastava, secretary in the women and child development ministry.
Gandhi said the government has also introduced a bill in Rajya Sabha to give justice to the women who have been abandoned by their NRI husbands, but expressed dismay that the bill has got stalled in the upper house.
The bill envisages registration of marriages by non-resident Indians, amendment of the Passports Act, 1967 and Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
Earlier, the government had cancelled the passports of 33 NRIs for abandoning their wives.