On Wednesday Union Minister of Women and Child Development said that all NRI marriages solemnised in India would have to be registered within 48 hours.
There is no time frame to register marriages, as of now. According to a Law Commission report time limit to register marriages should be restricted to 30 days after which a penalty of Rs 5 per day could be imposed.
Gandhi said.”NRI marriages have to be registered with 48 hours, else the passport and visas would not be issued”.
She said,”The ministry has recently issued six look-cut circulars in such cases and in five cases, passports were revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs”.
She added that a change in the statute by the Law Ministry allowing authorities to hold the properties of NRI offenders in escrow in case they abscond abandoning their spouse is awaited before the databases can be finalised.