A bill has been introduced in India’s Rajya Sabha to make it mandatory to register Non-Resident Indian (NRI) marriages within 30 days.
The proposed law will be applicable to NRIs marrying Indian women within or even outside India, the bill states.
The Bill aims to protect women against exploitation from their NRI spouses.
If an NRI man fails to register his marriage within 30 days, his passport can be impounded or revoked. It also allows the courts to freeze or reclaim properties, movable and immovable, if the "proclaimed offenders" fail to appear before courts despite warrants being issued against them.