Monday, January 02, 2006

Warnings from Canada and USA: Misuse of dowry laws

Growing numbers of Canadian citizens have been caught up in marital fraud and dowry abuse in India. Most cases involve Indo-Canadian males who abandon their wives in India after cheating them out of large sums of money. Other cases involve misuse of India’s Dowry Prohibition Act. This law, which was enacted to protect women and makes demanding a dowry a crime, is sometimes used to blackmail men through false allegations of dowry extortion. Individuals facing charges may be forced to remain in India until their cases have been settled or pay off their spouses in exchange for the dismissal of charges. To avoid such problems, you are advised to register your marriage in India along with a joint declaration of gifts exchanged, as well as consider a prenuptial agreement

A number of U.S.-citizen men who have come to India to marry Indian nationals have been arrested and charged with crimes related to dowry extraction. Many of the charges stem from the U.S. citizen's inability to provide an immigrant visa for his prospective spouse to travel immediately to the United States. The courts sometimes order the U.S. citizen to pay large sums of money to his spouse in exchange for the dismissal of charges. The courts normally confiscate the American’s passport, and he must remain in India until the case has been settled. There are also cases of U.S.-citizen women of Indian descent whose families force them against their will into marriages to Indian nationals.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Honest and Candid articles. Its a legal terrorism that is going on in India in the name of Woman Empowerment. All the females, who are capable, self sufficient, aggressive, bad mannered, have adulterous relationships, are using these one sided laws to get husband killed, suicide, get their aged parents, sisters, kids behind the Bars. The police, lawyers, judges all are in the nexus to get money from FALSE complaints..... Its hell in India to be a husbands... Guys never marry an Indian educated girl. She will make your and your parents life hell....

10:19 PM  
Blogger Gurie said...

Hi there,

fellow victim , still trying to prove innocence.
However I have been trying hard to find the US travel advisory online but could not find it. The link in your blog takes me to the latest version (2006) of US deptt. of state website and i think the travel advisory was posted in 2003 or 2004. Do you have a copy of that advisory online (or offline) and can share it with me.

Thanks in advance.
God bless us both and our families.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous kandarp jain said...

friends, I too my being a victim of false DV case, however want to share with you that please practice vipassana meditation, i did and found lot of peace of mind and is able to generate compassion for those who tried to torment and harass me.

I realized that no one has the power to torture me but only my own mind and hence found immense joy and peace and has been able to overcome the pain of separation from my three &a half year old daughter also.

you can write to me in case i can be of any help at

6:33 AM  
Blogger annu chopra said...

For Info of is a fact that as per interpol and mea , no extradition in 498a cases dual to lack of dual criminality

4:56 AM  

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