Their letters go unanswered, their phone calls unreturned, and the new wives wait in vain. In the tragic world of India’s abandoned brides, the women ask the same question: “Where is my husband?”
Every year expatriate bridegrooms, popularly known as NRI's (Non Resident Indians), come from Canada, Britain and other European countries to Punjab's interior villages seeking Indian brides. Surinder Singh Mundi, a district lawyer from Punjab who is dealing with at least 400 cases of abandoned women, says that many of the NRI grooms come for the dowry money. "Getting married in India means getting a huge dowry," he says.
[Note: Tanveer and Paramjeet are pseudonyms. The families asked that France 24 not reveal the women's names to protect their reputations.]
Date created : 2006-12-07