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e-2194 (India)

Initiated by Shilpa Aggarwal from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Canada has one of the largest numbers of immigrants from India;
  • Some Indian citizens, with malafide intention, get married in India, commit continuing offenses by way of subjecting their spouse to cruelty/violence to meet unlawful demands and breaching of trust in marriage; they then come to Canada, secure their Canadian/PR citizenship and abandon their spouses;
  • Subsequently, victims must file their complaints in the country of marriage. However, once charges are laid in India, individuals willfully avoid criminal proceedings through various measures. Victims are kept waiting for justice for years/indefinitely;
  • Residing in Canada after marrying fraudulently and after abusing financially, physically, and/or mentally is an easy escape for criminals who obtain undue advantage of India’s and Canada’s judicial system, inciting more fraudsters to indulge in it; and
  • Victims, mostly unsuspecting/vulnerable Indian women (sometimes men) are hit financially, psychologically, and emotionally with diminished quality of life & disrupted family life for years, sometimes their entire life. Children get affected too.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the government of Canada to provide relief and justice to us and to deter future crime by: (a) stopping renewal of work and residency permits of the accused in fraud marriages until criminal cases are brought to justice in India; (b) not granting Canadian citizenship to the accused; (c) speeding up action by CBSA/IRCC in cases where accused are criminally charged in India for fraud marriages; and (d) not granting visitor visas to the accused’s family, who, in many cases, are charged as accomplices.
Government response tabled on August 21, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-170-03)
Open for signature
May 17, 2019, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 16, 2019, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Ruby Sahota (Brampton North)
June 20, 2019 (Petition No. 421-04798)
Government response tabled
August 21, 2019
Photo - Ruby Sahota
Brampton North
Liberal Caucus
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