Government of Uttar Pradesh and chief minister Mr. Yogi Adiyanath is planning to bring in changes to ‘UP Maintenance of parents and senior citizens rules 2014’ wherein the older parents, children could be punished for evicting parents from their property.
Previous judgments were studied by the law commission and found out that the previous rules did not provide full protection to the older parents or senior citizens.
It is common knowledge that the faith of senior citizens in our country is disreputable.Old age parents always being subject to harrassment, physical & mental torture and regular abuse at the hands of their very own children. The Rules to the Senior Citizens Act have also been made to enable the elders to lead a peaceful & honourable life . However, after the act was made in 2007 ,it is a matter of concern that the desired results have not been achieved. One main reason is due to lack of awareness of the Act and the apathy of the administration which was mandated to administer the new law.
The maintenance rules for the parents were prepared in 2014 but it lacked the requisite provisions, which would protect the property of senior citizens from their children. Earlier this week, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, had also taken cognizance of the case of an elderly couple whose daughters were trying to force their parents out of their house.The court also sought the state government’s reply on the measures taken for the establishment of the tribunal and appellate tribunal under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and the rules framed under it for the welfare and protection of senior citizens in Uttar Pradesh.
The government is expected to decide on these recommendations soon.