NRI Matrimonial Disputes: Government to Issue LOC against Husbands Evading Arrest


April 17, 2018

In an official statement issued by the Ministry of Women and Child Development it has been apprised that in view of augmented incidents of NRI matrimonial disputes, the Government would issue Five Look-out Circulars (LoCs).

In a meeting convened under the chairpersonship of Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) it has been decided that 5 cases pertaining to the NRI Matrimonial Dispute have been found fit for issuance of Look-out-Circular (LOC) & MWCD will issue those 5 LoCs.

LOC for evading arrest- In criminal matter involving NRI’s, LOC could be issued by the investigating agency in cognizable offences, when the overseas husband is deliberately evading arrest or not appearing in the trial court despite Non Bailable Warrants and other coercive measures or there is a likelihood that he will leave the country to evade trial or arrest.

The aforesaid action has been taken in view of numerous complaints of frauds, abandonment, domestic violence, extra-marital relationships, ex-parte divorce, being duped of money after promising marriage, forceful/illegal retention of children’s custody, non-payment of maintenance etc. It has been reported that large number of NRI Matrimonial dispute cases remain pending on account of non-appearance of the husband.

The Integrated Nodal Agency constituted by the Ministry for the aforesaid purpose has also deliberated on the Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) to streamline the process of dealing with the cases of NRI matrimonial disputes.

It is expected that the SOP will enable the women facing such disputes to seek redressal in a time bound manner. The Ministry has also informed that any women can now approach MWCD for the purpose of tracing her NRI husband by having a LoC issued.

Also read Important Judgments on NRI/Overseas Marriages