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Domestic Violence charges keeping NRI men away from their families in India

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NRI men are increasingly finding themselves being falsely implicated in domestic violence charges and are thus being forced to stay away from their family and country to prevent getting arrested.

Consider the troubles being faced by the septuagenarian couple Kamaljeet Singh and his wife. They have not met their son for the last seven years, after he was charged with non-bailable 498A (Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and his lawyers advised him to stay in Canada and not to return to India to avoid arrest.

The couple insists that their son is innocent and the case is false. But, they are yet to find any relief for their troubles. At an age when everyone prefers to be in proximity of their sons and daughters, the couple is forced to fight the legal battle alone.

Many NRIs who become implicated in domestic violence charges choose not to fight the case to avoid being stuck in a legal battle that may cause scandal and public humiliation, loss of job, huge financial burden, etc. They are also legally advised not to return back to India to avoid being arrested.

But, many legal experts believe that, though they may avoid getting arrested by not returning to India, their decision to not fight the case may further complicate the matter.

One of the greatest hurdle NRIs face in fighting the legal battle is regarding access to documents. This hinders their ability to properly prepare and present their case in the court. Another issue is the huge financial expenditure that is incurred in legal proceedings and frequent travel. Experts believe that if documents are made available online, then it would go a long away in helping these NRIs to present their case in a better way.


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Andhra Pradesh Janmabhoomi Project: 51 NRIs Help Tribal Village Kothavalasa in Developing a Space Fostering Sports Facilities

Sports Facility for a tribal village has been inaugurated by AP Janmabhoomi project which involves contribution of 51 NRIs

AP Janmabhoomi rural project.

Andhra Pradesh, Sep 27, 2017: Kothavalasa, a tribal village near Araku saw an influx of sporting enthusiasts wailing and whistling in joy as a result of the ‘Tribal Development Project’ that got executed in less than 20 days.

With a vision to bridge NRIs to their native land, India’s Sunrise State, AP Janmabhoomi has spread its wings by launching various campaigns revolving around the holistic development of the rural public. AP Janmabhoomi’s prime focus areas include creating – Digital Classrooms, Anganwadi Centres & Crematoriums.

Before leveling the land
Girls playing throwball after leveling the land

Kothavalasa, of Dumbriguda Mandal, Vishakhapatnam District happened to be their first integrated Tribal Development Project. The Special Representative for North America, the team that is actively involved in this mission, after pondering upon various ways to impact the lives of the rural public came up with an offbeat approach.

According to the team, for any community to move forward, they need to stay united and what better than sports can teach people to stay united. Creating a sports facility is not an easy task, and it needs a lot of resources, especially money.

In alignment with their vision of involving NRIs in the overall gamut – AP Janmabhoomi, kicked off a fundraiser
campaign and has collected a sum of almost 1,30,000 rupees in just five days. It should be noted that the whole fundraising was carried on the official website of AP Janmabhoomi, where 51 NRIs from various parts of the globe have participated. During the team’s physical inspection to the site, they’ve partnered with ThinkPeace, an NGO which has already been impacting the people living there for more than 5 years till now. As part of their integrated Tribal Development Project, AP Janmabhoomi also donated an amount of Rs. 3,00,000 for the construction of an Anganwadi school.

Distributing sports equipment

Shri Sarveshwar Rao, MLA of Araku and Shri Ravi Subhash, I.A.S graced the inauguration ceremony with their presence
and distributed the sports equipment which is set to unite and empower the youth and children of tribal villages around Kothavalasa. The equipment included outdoor sports equipment like volleyball, throw ball and cricket kits. The indoor equipment included table tennis, carom boards, and chessboards. A tournament named after the great freedom fighter, Shri Alluri Sitaramaju, was organized in the ground which saw participants from 12 Mandals.

Also Read: NRI School Connect Campaign- A new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP 

The AP Special Representative for North America, Shri Jayaram Komati, currently heading the social initiative,
believes that all the NRIs share a common will to help
their native land.