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Abuse of Elderly People

As per information provided by National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) data on abuse of senior citizens are not maintained centrally. As per the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India, Police and Public Order are State Subjects and, as such the primary responsibility of prevention, detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crime including crime against citizens lies with the State/UT Administrations. However, the Union Government attaches highest priority to matters of security of its citizens and through various schemes and advisories augments the efforts of States/UTs.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also issued two detailed advisories dated 27.3.2008 and 30.8.2013, to all the State Government/UTs advising them 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 citizen helpline; setting up of senior citizen security cell; verification of domestic helps, drives etc.

The Government has enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 which, inter-alia, makes maintenance of parents/senior citizens by children/relatives obligatory and justiciable through Tribunals; provides for revocation of transfer of property by senior citizens in case of neglect by children/relatives; penal provisions for abandonment of senior citizens; medical facilities for senior citizens; and protection of life and property of senior citizens.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha here today.

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