NRIs not registering marriage within 30 days can have passports impounded
Non-Resident Indians who marry an Indian citizen or a fellow NRI abroad have to compulsorily register their marriages within 30 days or face the prospects of their passports being impounded or even revoked, according to a bill introduced in Rajya Sabha on Feb 11, 2019. The Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019 also allows courts to attach movable and immovable properties of NRIs who are declared “proclaimed offenders” for failing to appear before law.The draft law also allows courts to send summonses and warrants to the accused through a specially designated website to be hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs. The Bill was introduced by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the upper house. The bill comes against the backdrop of cases of Indian women being trapped in “fraudulent marriages” with non-resident Indians. According to the bill, The Passport Act and the Code of Criminal Procedure will be amended to allow passport authorities to revoke or impound passport or travel documents of the accused, and allow courts to attach their properties.