New law to protect senior citizens in UP soon

Lucknow, Dec 10 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to amend laws that will prosecute people who harass and evict their parents from the property.
According to official sources, the government 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 them from their property.
The children, in such cases, may also be divested of their rights to parents’ property.
The Uttar Pradesh Law Commission has prepared an amended draft and sent it to the state government.
The maintenance rules for the parents were prepared in 2014 but there were not enough provisions for protection for the property of senior citizens from their children.
Earlier this week, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had taken cognizance of the case of an elderly couple whose daughters were trying to force their parents out of their house.
The court directed the Lucknow district magistrate to provide protection to an elderly couple who are allegedly being harassed by their daughters for property.
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 welfare and protection of senior citizens in Uttar Pradesh.
The Allahabad High Court in its October 2017 order had granted three months’ time to the state government to issue notification for establishment of tribunal and appellate tribunal, designate maintenance officer, establish old age homes, constitute district committee of senior citizens and take appropriate measures to give wide publicity in media and to sensitize the public and police officers and employees of the state.
The court judgments have indicated that many senior citizens are evicted from their properties by their children. These judgments were studied by the Law Commission and found that the previous rules did not provide full protection to the older parents or senior citizens.

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