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PIL in HC against law that takes away OCI status on divorcing Indian spouse

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A French-origin restaurateur, who came to eight years ago, got married to a woman here and is now facing marital problems, today challenged in the a provision in the citizenship under which he could lose his of (OCI) status if his wife divorces him.

A bench of and Justice C issued a notice to the (MHA) and sought its response to the plea moved by the man who has alleged his wife is demanding a huge sum of money or a share in his business by threatening to him.

The petitioner, Jerome Nicholas Georges Cousin, has alleged in his plea, filed through advocates Raghav Awasthi and Mukesh Sharma, that his wife was also threatening to lodge a complaint implicating him in a false rape case or any other offence if her demands were not met.

The petitioner got married at in 2012. He was granted status in 2013, the plea said, adding that except for the last few months, the two were living happily with each other.

However, there have been many arguments between them in the past few months, and his wife started demanding a share in the restaurant business he runs here.

She also started demanding a huge sum of money and when he refused to meet either of her demands, she threatened to him, the petition claimed.

It further said that he later came to know that under Section 7D(f) of the Citizenship Act of 1955, "any of who divorces his/her spouse will lose their status and will have to return to the country of origin".

In the present case, the petitioner will have to return to if his wife divorces him and he cannot continue his business here.

In the circumstance, he decided to challenge section 7D(f) of the Act, the plea, which is listed for hearing on November 14, said.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:20 IST