At least 52 percent senior citizens move the court for maintenance allowance



According to a survey by HelpAge India, at least 52 percent of senior citizens apply for maintenance allowance and 48 percent are involved in property-related disputes, including the revoking of wills

At least 52 percent senior citizens move the court for maintenance allowance, while 48 percent are involved in property-related disputes, including revoking of their will, according to a survey conducted in four states by an NGO. The Helpage India survey on the effectiveness of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act was conducted in eight districts of four states - Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

"58 percent petitioners faced physical abuse (beating and hitting), 28 percent suffered mental torture. Most cases of physical abuse were reported from Punjab, mental torture from Kerala and neglect from Tamil Nadu," the survey findings revealed.

The states were selected, based on the preparedness to implement the Act and the number of cases filed and settled over a period of time. Two districts from each state were selected, based on the highest number of petitions filed. "58 percent petitioners faced physical abuse (beating and hitting), 28 percent suffered mental torture. Most cases of physical abuse were reported from Punjab, mental torture from Kerala and neglect from Tamil Nadu," the survey revealed.

While 36 percent petitioners faced open disapproval for filing the petition, 31 percent of them were 'avoided' by other family members after filing the petition. At least 24 percent petitioners had to face indifference of the family members, while abuse from family members, increased in two percent of the cases.