New Delhi – In a significant decision, the Centre has mandated that all NRI marriages solemnised in India would need to be registered within seven days. According to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, if the NRI marriages are not registered within seven days, the passports and visas would not be issued. Last week, Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi had said that the NRI marriages would need to be registered within 48 hours.The decision for mandatory registration of marriages within seven days was taken yesterday after a group of ministers – Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, met to map out legal solutions for redressing the issues faced by women in NRI marriages. Officials at the ministry said that the discussions were held for enumerating fine details on ways to resolve the issues related to NRI marriages. Another proposal discussed was holding the properties of NRI offenders in escrow in case they abscond abandoning their spouse.Escrow is a legal concept in which a financial instrument or an asset is held by a third party on behalf of two other parties that are in the process of completing a transaction. The official said the move would require amendment of three legislations- Code of Criminal Procedure, Marriage Act and the Passports Act.
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