Sons-in-law, Daughters-in-law Too Could Be Arraigned If They Neglect Senior Citizens

New Delhi, Dec 5: A draft Bill to amend the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 has provisions to arraign sons-in-law and daughters-in-law if they fail to look after their aged in-laws and provide monthly maintenance.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which has been cleared by the Union Cabinet and is likely to be introduced in Parliament soon, also removes the cap of Rs 10,000 as maximum maintenance.

Now those who earn more should pay more to their parents as maintenance. Violators of the law could be punished with a minimum fine of Rs 5,000 or three months jail term or both.

There would be nodal officers for senior citizens in every police station or district level special police unit to hear their grievances. 

 

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