Jail term for those who abandon their parents

NC Network, New Delhi

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 is being considered for amendments which inter-alia propose that “whoever, having the care or protection of parent(s)/senior citizen(s) intentionally abuses or abandons such parent(s)/senior citizen(s) shall be punishable with imprisonment of not less than three months which may be extended to six months or fine up to Rupees Ten Thousand or both”, and that “children” includes son or daughter whether biological, adoptive or step, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandson, grand-daughter and also includes a minor through his/her legal Guardian as the case may be”.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment  Vijay Sampla in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Thrusday.

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