UK report says some NRI men abandon wives in India

wifesabandonA new report by a UK University has found that some British Indian men are among a broader South Asian group in the UK who are guilty of mistreating and abandoning their wives in their countries of origin.

Lincoln University’s report entitled ‘Disposable Women, Violence and Abandonment in Transnational Marriages’ describes the practice as an emerging form of violence against women, ‘especially in the context of spanning the UK and the Indian subcontinent. The practice is echoed by women from Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere, the report said.

Academics behind the report are now calling on the UK government to recognise the abuse of these so-called ‘disposable women’ to be treated as domestic violence.

The report recommends that women who once resided in the UK (no matter how briefly) should be treated in all respects as domestic violence victims. Transnationally abandoned women should be issued with temporary visas to avail the UK’s Domestic Violence Rule.

The report says at the point of their visa application, British embassies abroad should give the women a leaflet setting out their rights and entitlements under the UK immigration and family law.