11 Feb 2014

Reporting System for elder abuse

The Government has enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 in December, 2007 which, inter-alia, makes maintenance of parents/senior citizens by children/relatives obligatory and justiciable through Tribunals.

Povides for revocation of transfer of property by senior citizens in case of negligence by children/relatives; penal provisions for abandonment of senior citizens; medical facilities for senior citizens; and protection of life and property of senior citizens. 

The Act has to be brought into force by individual State Governments. So far, all States and Union Territories barring Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir have done so.

 It is not applicable to the State of Jammu & Kashmir, while Himachal Pradesh has its own Act for senior citizens. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has also issued detailed advisories dated 27.3.2008. and 30.08.2013 to all the State Government/UTs, who are primarily responsible for prevention, detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crime including crime against senior citizens as "Police" and "Public order" are state subjects. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs in its advisories has advised the States/UTs to take immediate measures to 

ensure safety and security and for elimination of all forms of neglect,

 abuse and violence against old persons through initiatives such as identification of senior citizens;

 sensitization of police personnel regarding safety, security of older persons; regular visit of the beat staff;

setting up of toll free senior citizens helplines; 

setting up of senior citizen security cell; verification of domestic helps, drivers, etc. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri P. Balram Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. 

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