Are senior citizens safe with their own children? Sadly when we speak of domestic violence or domestic abuse, we only visualise a man beating a woman. What we fail to acknowledge is that men too can be victims of such traumatic ill-treatment by the women in their family.
In a recent case reported from Santacruz in Mumbai, a 47-year-old woman has been booked for allegedly torturing her 81-year-old father.
The 81-year-old man owned a printing business. He has a 50-year-old son and an unmarried daughter. While the son stays with his family in Bandra, his unmarried daughter returned from London and now lives with him.
As per an Indian Express report, the daughter has been accused of depriving her senior citizen father of meals, assaulting him and locking him inside the bedroom for a month. The octogenarian somehow managed to escape from his house and approached other family members recently after which a case was registered at the Santacruz police station.
Statement by Victim Father
In his complaint to the police, the elderly gentleman said that he had taken care of all expenses of his children, including sending his daughter to London in 2001 to study fashion designing.
The father also stated that his daughter, on earlier occasions, would frequently visit him and has been harassing him for money since the past ten years. The complaint read:
My daughter is not earning. I have advised her to work on multiple occasions but she has always ignored it and often asks me for money.
Adding to his statement, the man said,
Whenever I refused to give her cash, she would brutally assault me due to which I would end up giving her money. And because of her constant quarrels at home, our servants have also left the job. In order to get rid of her troubles, in between, I would just leave the house and go to Bandstand in Bandra and sleep in my car.
The daughter returned to Mumbai in March this year and took away all her father’s cards and cash that were kept at home and then started forcing him to sell the flat.
The man’s statement also mentioned how he was locked up inside his bedroom for a month and that his daughter would often assault him and deprive him of food, as all the servants had also left the job.
Speaking with The Indian Express, the Santacruz police said that the daughter has been insisting on selling the flat, but as it is the only accommodation for the old father, he has refused to do so. The officer informed media,
She even took away his phone to ensure that the father is unable to contact anyone and complain. However, the octogenarian somehow managed to sneak out of the house in the last week of May and contacted his brother.
They then approached the Santacruz police station and submitted a complaint application after which a case was registered under sections 23 and 24 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
While the father is currently living in a hotel near his own flat, the police are yet to arrest the daughter.
Section 23 in The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007
23 Transfer of property to be void in certain circumstances.
(1) Where any senior citizen who, after the commencement of this Act, has transferred by way of gift or otherwise, his property, subject to the condition that the transferee shall provide the basic amenities and basic physical needs to the transferor and such transferee refuses or fails to provide such amenities and physical needs, the said transfer of property shall be deemed to have been made by fraud or coercion or under undue influence and shall at the option of the transferor be declared void by the Tribunal.
(2) Where any senior citizen has a right to receive maintenance out of an estate and such estate or part thereof is transferred, the right to receive maintenance may be enforced against the transferee if the transferee has notice of the right, or if the transfer is gratuitous; but not against the transferee for consideration and without notice of right.
(3) If, any senior citizen is incapable of enforcing the rights under sub-sections (1) and (2), action may be taken on his behalf by any of the organisation referred to in Explanation to sub-section (1) of section 5.
Section 24 in The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007
24 Exposure and abandonment of senior citizen. Whoever, having the care or protection of senior citizen, leaves such senior citizen in any place with the intention of wholly abandoning such senior citizen, shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months or fine which may extent to five thousands rupees or with both.
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