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More than 1500 women in the Punjab state are abandoned by their NRI husbands

Chandigarh, March 09, 2017: The plight of Indian women is getting bigger with their husbands abandoning them and settling abroad. Some of these women remained unvoiced over the issue and have lost everything at the cost of marrying an NRI husband. It’s the dream of every father to marry her daughter in a reputable and wealthy family; however, such is not the case in India. The dreams of castles and greenbacks seemed to have been wrecked after the banishment of the wives by their NRI husbands. Not only are these women banished but also are being tortured, face domestic abuse and exploited financially. In the midst of such a pervasive problem, there are some social activists who are working from dawn to dusk to make these women’s lives better.

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A reporter from Newsgram, Naina Mishra contacted Ms. Amanjot Roomawalia, (daughter of minister jail Uttar Pradesh Balwant Singh Roomawalia) the head of the NGO Helping Hapless. She is helping the afflicted women retrieve from the melancholy.


A reporter from Newsgram conducting Interview with Ms. Amanjot Kaur Roomawalia

The problem of these women is raging with no one to pay heed to their wretchedness. They have been shunned by the society and branded as ‘Outcast Wives’ in their localities. With the thousands of wives outcast by their NRI husbands, it speaks nothing more than injustice and indignity we torment our women with. The state of downhearted affairs is also a foretaste of how futile the law and order is in the country.

“I see a lot of young and beautiful girls coming to me for help. Their NRI husbands have abandoned them and the girl’s parents are living a life of misery.“, said Amanjot Kaur to Newsgram.

DOWRY – A Pervasive Treat

Dowry system is rampant in Punjab state of India where the bride’s parents give a huge value of money to the groom as a condition of marriage. Copious dowry is ruinous to the marriage system in India. Parents already splurge abundant money in marriages that in the due course they are barely left with any wealth. And when the wife meets with such a tragedy, the girl’s parents become incompetent to fight in her favor post the aftermath.

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Ms. Amanjot also accentuated the matter on dowry system in India. She cited that “It is advised to the parents of the girl to do the marriages in the utmost simplicity. It is redundant to spend huge bucks on marriages and ultimately grieving at the ill fortune of the girl. I always suggest the parents not to be lured by the materialistic pleasures and marry your daughter to a strange atmosphere.”

“In spite of transferring the property in the name of groom, parents should accredit the girl child with the property instead. This will cultivate a sense of independence in the daughter.” She further added.

Loss of Dharma

As the generations are progressing there is a loss of religious values in people. Every religion has its own values, and if at all we abide by these values – it is firm that we will respect humanity in all the forms. Our dharma edifies us to carry out good deeds and paves way towards enlightening others path. Conversely, it is ethically wrong to treat bride as merely a sacrificial goat in marriages.

When asked to the charity of head about the cause of the prevalent tribulation in our culture, she emphasized on the role of Dharma in shaping of an individual by quoting “I belong to the Sikh community, and I am attached to my religious principles the most. Religion doesn’t teach you bigotry. That’s the problem with the people nowadays; the quintessence of dharma has been lost”

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Brittle Legal System

It takes years to impart justice to people plagued by the accused in our country. There are many problems which our government overlooks and does nothing to alleviate such problems. “It becomes challenging for us to talk to these NRI husbands and bring them back to India, as there are certain constraints beyond which we can’t operate. What may be unlawful in our country may not be wrong in the law of the western country.” Ms. Amanjot Kaur Roomawalia stated when asked about the provisions led by the government in the matter.

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Helping Hapless – NGO

Helping Hapless is an NGO situated in Mohali, Punjab that works for the women welfare and rescuing youth enslavement in abroad. The NGO has helped few people in bringing back to India from countries like Saudi Arabia. Several camps have also been organized in Punjab to make the people aware of the problem and listen to the despondency of such girls.

Reporting by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94


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