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Tirath proposes two passports for NRI brides


New Delhi: Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath Monday said she will request the Ministry of External Affairs to issue dual passport to NRI brides to secure their safe passage back home in case they are abused and harassed by their husbands.

“The National Commission of Women is preparing a report on NRI cases and I am going to request the External Affairs Ministry to issue the passports to women getting married to NRIs,” she told reporters at the 10th Editors Conference on social sector issues here.

Tirath said the woman “can take one passport with her and depending on the ministry’s stand, the other can be kept in the possession of her family back home or the Indian embassy abroad”.

She also said that registering such marriages at religious places like gurdwara and temples was essential to keep records of such marriages.

“Once the girl is married and sent abroad, we have no control over how to protect her if she is victimised,” she said.

She also said the Indian embassy abroad should also register such marriages.