Scheme for Legal/Financial Assistance to Indian Women Deserted by their Overseas Indian Spouse



Scheme for Legal/Financial Assistance to Indian Women Deserted by their Overseas Indian Spouse 

The Minister for External Affairs and for Overseas Indian Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today said that there is a scheme for legal/financial assistance to Indian women deserted by their overseas Indian spouses. Such assistance is provided through Indian Missions in 13 countries namely USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The details of the scheme are available on the Ministry’s website (www.moia.gov.in).

As per information made available by Indian Missions of these 13 countries, the total number of beneficiaries who have received legal/financial assistance till 15 December, 2015 under this scheme during 2012 to 2015 (so far) is 75.

Under the scheme, Indian women deserted by their overseas Indian spouses receive through Indian Missions, assistance upto US$ 3000 per case for developed countries and US$2000 per case for developing countries. This assistance is provided by Missions through their empanelled legal counsel/ Women’s organizations/NGOs or Indian Community Associations.

Since overseas Indians who desert their spouses, are living outside India, aggrieved Indian women are seeking redressal under the Indian legal system as well as from the judiciary in the foreign country where the overseas Indian is residing.

Assistance provided through the scheme enabled the Indian women, in some cases, to meet legal costs such as documentation and preparatory work for filing a case against the overseas Indian spouse and other assistance with regard to judicial proceedings; counselling and, in some other cases, assistance was for financial support for sustenance, accommodation, etc. 


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