NRI marriages must be registered in 7 days, says WCD Maneka Gandhi
All NRI marriages solemnised in India would need to be registered within seven days, the Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Thursday.
If the NRI marriages are not registered within seven days, the passports and visas would not be issued, she added.
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.
As of now, there is no time frame to register marriages in India. However, a Law Commission report has recommended that the time limit to register marriages should be restricted to 30 days after which a penalty of Rs 5 per day could be imposed.
The ministry had earlier constituted an Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) with representatives from the ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs and Law and Justice to look into matrimonial disputes involving Non-Resident Indians (NRI).