In the past one year complaints from Punjabi NRIs have increased twofold. On the initiative of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Punjab Police introduced a NRI wing aimed at achieving fast track results, which received about 8000 complaints this year as opposed to 3,852 complaints the previous year and the establishment of NRI Courts.
As per the police data, 1,123 complaints were received from NRIs in Canada being the highest followed by 763 complaints from the UK, 744 from the US, 282 from Australia and 219 from Italy.
A large number of the complaints are related to property disputes in Punjab. The NRI wing also tries to amicably settle the disputes where a scope of compromise is present. About 664 complaints were also recorded on matrimonial disputes out of which 41 were cases where the NRI groom deserted the Indian wife and about 15 cases were where Indian grooms married with NRI girls for the sole purpose of immigration and obtaining a UK visa. The NRI wing to redress complaints related to fraudulent marriages and other issues has also brought in experts in the field of sociology and psychology to help them out.
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