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Misery of the outcast wives in India by their NRI husbands

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.

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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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Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s Exit Raises Questions Over AAP’s Future in Punjab

Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself

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File photo: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

The recent exit of politically outspoken leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fold in Punjab, at a time when general elections are around the corner, has raised a question mark over the party’s political future in the state.

It is not that Khaira, who was elected on the AAP ticket in the February 2017 assembly polls, was indispensable for the party in Punjab.

His exit, however, has shown that the AAP central leadership in Delhi continues to be unaffected by the self-created crisis in the Punjab unit that began in August 2016.

Khaira, who was suspended from the AAP along with another legislator, Kanwar Sandhu, in November 2018 for “anti-party activities”, last week floated a new party – Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP) – and has given enough indications of splitting the AAP down the middle.

Six AAP legislators in the state were present at the launch of the new party even though they did not share the stage with Khaira.

The AAP’s Punjab unit is in complete disarray – be it the leadership crisis, lack of political direction or agenda or the complete disillusionment of its cadre.

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It’s not the first time that the AAP central leadership has committed political harakiri with the Punjab unit. It has become clear now that the AAP central leadership, instead of letting the Punjab unit take on the ruling Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance, ends up shooting itself in the foot every time.

Khaira was earlier unceremoniously removed as Leader of Opposition (LoP) by the AAP central leadership in July 2018. He openly rebelled against the party high command by dissolving the the AAP’s Punjab organisational structure and seeking complete autonomy for the state unit.

The AAP ousted its then Punjab unit chief, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, on flimsy bribery charges in August 2016, just months ahead of the assembly polls.

Chhotepur, who nurtured the party right from the day of its conception in Punjab, was shown the door after the emergence of a video clip in which an AAP worker was shown giving money to him. Even before this, Chhotepur was being sidelined in Punjab affairs with Delhi leaders like Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak calling all the shots.

As the Chhotepur episode unfolded, AAP leaders at the constituency and district level rebelled. Chhotepur, who accused the AAP central leadership of corruption in allotting tickets for various assembly seats, finally exited the party and formed a new political outfit – the Apna Punjab Party (APP) that has practically remained a non-starter.

The AAP appointed actor-comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, with no political experience, as its state convener in place of Chhotepur. Ghuggi left the party on a sour note just months later.

Two AAP MPs from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa, were suspended in August 2015 for questioning the AAP’s leadership style.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Flickr

Gandhi, a cardiologist and known social worker, is the MP from Patiala constituency, while Khalsa, a former diplomat, represents Fatehgarh Sahib in the Lok Sabha. Gandhi was also unceremoniously removed from the post of leader of AAP in the Lok Sabha.

The AAP, which was completely rejected elsewhere in the country in the April-May 2014 general elections, won four Lok Sabha seats from Punjab – Sangrur, Patiala, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib.

The AAP started the year 2016 on an upswing. Poll surveys and the party’s own political calculations gave it anything from 75 to over 100 seats in the 117-member assembly.

The party, however, finished second and managed to end up as the main opposition party with 20 legislators. One legislator, lawyer-activist H.S. Phoolka, resigned from the assembly seat recently and even quit the AAP.

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With Khaira’s exit, his status as a legislator and the future of the six legislators who seem to be in his camp, will be seen in the coming months.

The party, which is the newest entrant on Punjab political scene – dominated largely by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress over the decades – is facing as much a challenge from its implosion.

Though the damage done by the party to itself in the last three years will be known after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, it will be a sad day for people in Punjab who saw AAP as a third viable option but were let down by the party itself. (IANS)