statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 14 JUNE: On the eve of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day tomorrow, India took stock of its policy and legislative steps adopted for the welfare of its aged population.
The 2001 census showed the total number of the country&’s 60 plus senior citizens stood at 7.7 crore ~ 3.8 crore males and 3.9 crore females. This was 7.5 per cent of the total population. This figure is projected to go up to 12.40 per cent of the population by 2026.
According to UN studies, older persons are subject to psychological, financial or physical abuse around the world. Prejudicial attitudes contribute to the problem. Governments have been asked to help by enacting legislation to protect the abused and prosecute the abuser.
Giving legislative backing to its policy, India enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act in 2007. The Act makes maintenance of parents and senior citizens by their children, and where there are no children, by their relatives, obligatory and justifiable through tribunals. The Act empowers the senior citizens to revoke any transfer of property, which they may have made in favour of a relative, in case of negligence by such relatives. It contains penal provisions for the abandonment of senior citizens and provides for the establishment of old age homes for indigent senior citizens, while envisaging protection of the life and property of senior citizens.
Giving legislative backing to its policy, India had enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents
and Senior Citizens Act in 2007