There are several support mechanisms offered to Indian women deserted by their husbands in the UAE including a financial aid up to $3000 (Dh11, 000), a senior official said. This has become possible after the recent expansion of the scope of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF).
From September 1, Indian missions in the UAE can disburse up to Dh11,000 to Indian women abandoned or cheated or abused by their spouses if they do not have any means for their livelihood, Dinesh Kumar, first secretary at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi told Gulf News. The panel has also proposed to impound or cancel the passports of the abusive NRI husbands who desert their wives.
A high-level panel constituted by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs last week proposed to increase this fund, which is $2000 (Dh7,350) in developing countries, to $6000 (Dh22,000). Kumar noted that the missions are also providing legal and psychological counselling through the Indian Workers Resource Centre in marital dispute cases. “Sometimes our officials also personally talk to couples to settle their issues amicably.”
Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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