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The runaway husbands of India
The men promised a life abroad. They demanded -- and got -- tens of thousands of dollars in dowry. Then they left, abandoning their wives, and sometimes children, in India, as they settled in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. But now those wives are fighting back. In a pink-walled room of a government office at the foot of the Himalayas, they spend their days canceling the passports of runaway husbands. They've created what the regional passport chief describes as a "terror" in several foreign countries.
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December 10, 2019
Women, who say they have been abandoned by their NRI (non-resident Indian) husbands, take part in an...
Jalandhar, India
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Women, who say they have been abandoned by their NRI (non-resident Indian) husbands, take part in an organised protest outside the regional passport office in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 10, 2019
Amritpal Kaur (left) and Reena Mehla (right) work together at a desk in the regional passport office...
Chandigarh, India
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Amritpal Kaur (left) and Reena Mehla (right) work together at a desk in the regional passport office in Chandigarh, Punjab, India, March 28, 2019. Both Kaur and Mehla say their NRI (non-resident Indian) husbands have abandoned them. Mehla knows she’s defying traditions back home, where married women don’t leave the house without male relatives or have a separate identity. "Even our soul is not allowed, because a husband is everything. A husband is like God," she says. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Amritpal Kaur (left) looks at Reena Mehla (right) while she cries remembering her husband, who she says...
Chandigarh, India
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Amritpal Kaur (left) looks at Reena Mehla (right) while she cries remembering her husband, who she says abandoned her and left for the U.S. after a few years of marriage, at lodgings where both Kaur and Mehla live in Chandigarh, Punjab, India, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Amritpal Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, watches a sitcom on her...
Chandigarh, India
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Amritpal Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, watches a sitcom on her mobile phone before going to sleep in her lodging in Chandigarh, Punjab, India, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur speaks to a woman who visited Kaur to ask for advice on a personal issue, at her house...
Ludhiana, India
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Satwinder Kaur speaks to a woman who visited Kaur to ask for advice on a personal issue, at her house in the village of Toosa, south of Ludhiana, Punjab, India, March 9, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis. SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reads messages on her phone...
Ludhiana, India
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Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reads messages on her phone at her house in the village of Toosa, south of Ludhiana, Punjab, India, April 21, 2019. Kaur says her neighbours and even relatives call her banj, or "rotten womb,". "In my own house, I was called that." she said. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Baljit Kaur's police uniform is laid out on her bed at her staff quarters, where she works as an Assistant...
Sirhind, India
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Baljit Kaur's police uniform is laid out on her bed at her staff quarters, where she works as an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) for Punjab Police in Fatehgarh Sahib, Sirhind, Punjab, India, March 25, 2019. "I never imagined a woman of my age would end up like this," said Kaur who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her. "I thought my life would be different." REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Baljit Kaur, 43, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, sits next to her mother...
Khara, India
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Baljit Kaur, 43, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, sits next to her mother on a bed on the verandah at her Mother's house in the village Khara, Punjab, India, March 24, 2019. "We are like dead bodies walking. We have no place in society. We canÕt live and we canÕt even die," said Kaur, who works as an assistant sub inspector for the Punjab police. Kaur's mother passed away in May 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Sarbjeet Kaur sews a garment at her house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree...
GURDASPUR, India
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Sarbjeet Kaur sews a garment at her house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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December 10, 2019
Sarbjeet Kaur's mother gives money to Kaur to pay for her daughter Ekampreet's school fees at their house...
MUKERIAN, India
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Sarbjeet Kaur's mother gives money to Kaur to pay for her daughter Ekampreet's school fees at their house in Mukerian, Punjab, India, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Ekampreet, 10, laughs with her mother Sarbjeet Kaur at their house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, March...
GURDASPUR, India
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Ekampreet, 10, laughs with her mother Sarbjeet Kaur at their house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, March 24, 2019. Kaur and her daughter live at their in-laws house after the court granted permission for them to stay there. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Ekampreet, 10, gets ready to go to school at her house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree...
GURDASPUR, India
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Ekampreet, 10, gets ready to go to school at her house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Sarbjeet Kaur threads the eyebrows of a customer at her house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, March 31,...
GURDASPUR, India
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Sarbjeet Kaur threads the eyebrows of a customer at her house in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
A closeup of the dress that Baljit Kaur rented for her wedding is shown in Rajpura, Punjab, India, March...
Rajpura, India
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A closeup of the dress that Baljit Kaur rented for her wedding is shown in Rajpura, Punjab, India, March 26, 2019. "We are like dead bodies walking. We have no place in society. We canÕt live and we canÕt even die," said Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Baljit Kaur who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reads a holy scripture at a...
Sirhind, India
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Baljit Kaur who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reads a holy scripture at a Gurudwara (a Sikh place of worship) in Fatehgarh Sahib, Sirhind, Punjab, India, March 25, 2019. "I never imagined a woman of my age would end up like this," says Kaur who works as an assistant sub inspector for the Punjab police. "I thought my life would be different,". REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Palwinder Kaur (left) and Satwinder Kaur (right) speak to a woman who says she has been abandoned by...
Ludhiana, India
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Palwinder Kaur (left) and Satwinder Kaur (right) speak to a woman who says she has been abandoned by her husband, in the village of Toosa, south of Ludhiana, Punjab, India, April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, speaks on the phone as...
Ludhiana, India
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Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, speaks on the phone as she sits with her family in the courtyard of her house in the village of Toosa, south of Ludhiana, Punjab, India, April 21, 2019. Kaur says her neighbours and even relatives call her banj, or "rotten womb,". "In my own house, I was called that." she said. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Manjit Singh, the Station House Officer at the NRI (non-resident Indian) police Station, poses for a...
GURDASPUR, India
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Manjit Singh, the Station House Officer at the NRI (non-resident Indian) police Station, poses for a photograph as Sarabjeet waits for a victim (not pictured), who had come to lodge a complaint against her NRI husband, who she says has abandoned her, in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, talks on her mobile phone...
Ludhiana, India
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Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, talks on her mobile phone inside a cab, while heading to Nawanshahr from Toosa, south of Ludhiana in Punjab, India, March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, arrives for a court hearing...
JAGRAON, India
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Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, arrives for a court hearing in the lower court in Jagron, Punjab, India, April 22, 2019. Kaur says her neighbours and even relatives call her banj, or "rotten womb,". "In my own house, I was called that." she said. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reacts during a court hearing...
JAGRAON, India
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Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reacts during a court hearing after a judge postponed the trial, as her in-laws got a stay order over the warrant of possession of the house, in the lower court at Jagraon, Punjab, India, April 22, 2019. Kaur says her neighbours and even relatives call her banj, or "rotten womb,". "In my own house, I was called that." she said. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, speaks to her cousin who...
JAGRAON, India
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Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, speaks to her cousin who works as a typist outside Jagraon's court house, before a hearing in Jagraon, Punjab, India, April 22, 2019. SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur bids goodbye to her father who leaves for a short trip at her house in the village of...
Ludhiana, India
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Satwinder Kaur bids goodbye to her father who leaves for a short trip at her house in the village of Toosa, south of Ludhiana, Punjab, India, March 9, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, talks on the phone as she...
JAGRAON, India
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Satwinder Kaur, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, talks on the phone as she travels to a court hearing in Jagraon, Punjab, India, April 22, 2019. Kaur says her neighbours and even relatives call her banj, or "rotten womb,". "In my own house, I was called that." she said. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
A man, woman and child ride past on a motorbike in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree...
Ludhiana, India
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A man, woman and child ride past on a motorbike in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Women, who say they have been abandoned by NRI (non-resident Indian) husbands, take part in an organised...
Jalandhar, India
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Women, who say they have been abandoned by NRI (non-resident Indian) husbands, take part in an organised protest in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Neelam, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reacts at an organised protest...
Jalandhar, India
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Neelam, who says her NRI (non-resident Indian) husband abandoned her, reacts at an organised protest in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Sarbjeet Kaur's father feeds milk to a calf at their house in Mukerian, Punjab, India, March 23, 2019....
MUKERIAN, India
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Sarbjeet Kaur's father feeds milk to a calf at their house in Mukerian, Punjab, India, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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December 10, 2019
Ekampreet gives rose petals to her mother Sarbjeet Kaur at Kaur's parent's house in Mukerian, Punjab,...
MUKERIAN, India
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Ekampreet gives rose petals to her mother Sarbjeet Kaur at Kaur's parent's house in Mukerian, Punjab, India, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "RUNAWAY HUSBANDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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