India’s Abandoned Wives: Women Left by NRI Spouses Cry for Help
In November 2018, Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj promised to bring a Bill which can help those women who have been left behind by their NRI spouses.
On a chilly February morning, as hundreds of protesters gathered at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, a group of about 40-50 women huddled in a corner. Holding posters with captions such as, ‘#NRINightmare’, these women had come from as far as Maharashtra’s Parli town in Beed to Hisar in Haryana and Punjab’s Jalandhar district.
In the midst of slogans about farm crisis and unemployment, a low decibel chant demanding that NRI husbands who have deserted their wives in India should be prosecuted filled the air.