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Jail for not looking after the elderly parents


PATNA, 12 JUNE. The Bihar Cabinet gave the green signal to a proposal to jail those who are guilty of either abandoning their elderly parents or not taking care of them. What this effectively means is that it will become compulsory for people to ensure proper care of their elderly parents, their health, happiness and welfare.

Guilty children can even be jailed if elderly parents decide to lodge a complaint against them.

While the state cabinet has already approved the proposal, this would now be presented in the Assembly for a final stamp.

CM Nitish reportedly said that this proposal was much needed because in current times, children seldom leave their elderly parents to fend for themselves despite all the sacrifices parents may have made during their upbringing.

Estimates put the number of people in India above the age of 60 at over 100 million. Past surveys and research carried out by NGOs dealing with welfare of the elderly have claimed that a large number of these senior citizens are often subjected to emotional abuse.



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