Ludhiana, Punjab: Their prime is slipping away and they are forced to make rounds of courts but the law fails to give them any immediate relief. This is the plight of abandoned NRI brides awaiting justice. Most of them are fighting their battles alone. Narrating their tragic tales at the Lok Bhalai Party’s office here today, abandoned NRI brides recollected how they had dreamt of a happy married life abroad but, unfortunately, now their dreams as well as lives lie shattered.
Talking to The Tribune, a couple of woman said even though they had been abandoned by their husbands, the law was unable to help them. Ruing the day she had planned to marry an NRI from Canada, 28-year-old Varinder Kaur from Patiala said she had been struggling to fend for herself for the last four years.
‘‘I feel dejected. I had thought I would live happily with my husband but that was not to be. He went back to Canada never to come back. I was told that I could marry someone else as I would not be able to afford Rs 15 lakh,’’ she said sobbing.
Another bride from Moga, Neelam Sharma, said despite having spent Rs 25 lakh on her marriage to Sandeep Sharma of Canada, all she got in return were tears and dejection.
‘‘I got married in 2006 and lived with my husband for a month till he returned to Canada. He came back last month and married yet another girl from Raikot. Despite complaints, the police has expressed its helplessness and I am left to pick up the shreds of my life again,” said Neelam.
Gurmeet Kaur from Moga, whose father sold off his four acres to arrange for her wedding and is now working as a farm labourer, is also bitter today. ‘‘I wish I had not married that cheat. He ruined my life. He should at least get punished for what he did to me,” she said.
While taking up their cases, LBP supremo Balwant Singh Ramoowalia demanded that before registering NRI marriages, the administration should demand an undertaking from the groom, disclosing his social security number and marital status. He should also give an undertaking that he would apply for the bride’s papers within 15 days after going back. Besides, Ramoowalia demanded a ban on marriage bureaus.