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3,600 Indian women married to Nepalese get citizenship

More than 3,600 Indian women married to Nepalese men since the promulgation of the new Constitution have acquired naturalized citizenship of Nepal, dismissing allegations that the statute was "discriminatory".

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Kathmandu, April 26: As many as 3,672 Indian women married to Nepalese men since the promulgation of the new constitution in September last year have become naturalized citizens of the Himalayan nation, the home ministry said on Tuesday.

The issue of citizenship to Indians married to Nepalese nationals was a big issue during the Terai/Madhes agitation.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawraj had on September 7 said in parliament that Indian girls married in Nepal were granted naturalized citizenship through matrimony.

“But the new constitution has erased the provision of naturalized citizenship through matrimony,” she had said.

Binod K.C., joint secretary in Nepal’s ministry of home affairs, said Indian girls married to Nepali citizens from 20 districts of the Terai/Madhes region were among the top recipients of naturalised citizenship.

The new constitution does not discriminate against any foreign woman married to a Nepali, he said.

Article 11(6) of the new constitution has a provision that says: “A foreigner woman married to a Nepali man can acquire naturalized citizenship in accordance with the federal law, if she so desires.”

At present, 12 members of Nepal’s parliament have acquired naturalized citizenship.

Meanwhile, the Nepal government has also cancelled the citizenship of three Indian-origin people.A cabinet meeting on Tuesday decided to cancel their citizenship after it was found that they had provided false affidavits to acquire Nepali citizenship.

Mahendra Kumar Mishra, Anil Kumar Mishra and Satish Kumar Mishra had acquired citizenship from Rupandehi district, which lies along the Nepal-India border.

“After the government found that they had submitted false documents to acquire citizenship, the cabinet decided to cancel it,” said Nepal government spokesperson Sherdhan Rai.

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Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago. IANS
  • Women empowerment campaign launched in Chicago
  • 150 people attended the campaign
  • The campaign was initiated by Indian women in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL, Dec 16, 2017: The Women’s Empowerment Campaign had a very successful media launch on December 9 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows IL.

The event was attended by 150 people, including India’s Consul General in Chicago, Neeta Bhushan, and prominent business and community leaders.

The initiative is a collaboration between Bhushan and the principals of the campaign Rita Singh, Shital Daftari & Dr. Anuja Gupta, who are prominent businesswomen and community members in Chicagoland.

“It was a great idea of the founders to start a women’s empowerment group. It was much needed in Chicago & will go a long way” said Bhushan. The guests enjoyed a beautiful evening with the founders presenting their vision for the WE POWER campaign, presentation of their impressive team & entertainment by Ameya Dance Academy themed around women’s empowerment.

“Chicago needed a strong women’s group to represent the high level of success our community has seen in business, community service, arts & culture. The Women’s Empowerment Group has filled a huge gap & has great potential in Chicago & also nationally” added Bhushan.

The Campaign was designed to create the largest networking & empowerment platform for Indian women in Chicagoland.

“We wanted to form a group that showed the power of Indian women in Chicago & do something that made a positive impact in our community” said the founders.

The philosophy of the founders and leadership team was to build a powerful community of support for Indian women in Chicagoland through this platform. The group plans to celebrate Women’s Day annually as a gala event.

The group has had considerable recognition from the community so far. Many women have expressed an interest in joining the group. They have also received calls from Indian women outside of Chicagoland to join. Women leaders from the Indian community in Florida & New Jersey have expressed an interest in setting up sister organizations in their own town.

“The Indian women community has gotten to a level where we want to make a difference by supporting each other and elevating the status of the whole community” says Dr. Gupta. (IANS)