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COURAGE: Speaking up for those who have been betrayed

At least one woman married to an NRI or Non-resident Indian calls home every eight hours seeking help to return after be...

At least one woman married to an NRI or Non-resident Indian calls
home every eight hours seeking help to return after being deserted by
her husband.

Complaints received by India’s Ministry of External Affairs show that
in the 1,064 days between Jan 2015 and Nov 2017, the ministry received
3,328 such complaints.

The numbers provide a glimpse into the scourge of India's abandoned
brides who are victims of cultural fraud which is perpetuated by greed
and fueled by a manic desire to go overseas.

Lured by the promise of large dowries, prospective grooms frequently
breeze in every year from the United States, Canada, Australia and
Europe marry, then rush back home with the spoils, leaving behind what
have become known as "abandoned brides".

Today, across India, an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 young women live
to regret marriages that have left them alone, miserable and consumed
with shame.

Most of the women are originally from Punjab and Andhra-Telangana
followed by Gujarat, say lawyers, activists and people working in Indian
missions abroad. The National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child
Development, in its study on deserted women some years ago, also
confirms this fact, local media reported.

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