The Kolkata Police has reiterated its support to the aged parents who feel neglected or are financially struggling to make their ends meet despite having children or dependents to whom they have gifted their property.
The cops with extensive help from NGO HelpAge India have introduced a simple one-page form that will be available at all police stations from next week. “Once the form is filled up, police will guide the victims to their maintenance tribunals set up by the state government’s social welfare department. In most cases, the tribunals will be led by SDOs. The Maintenance of Senior Citizens and Parents Act, 2007, will allow these tribunals to award maintenance allowances up to Rs 10,000 per month — an amount to be paid by their children or kin to whom they have bequeathed their property,” said Anuradha Sen, director (advocacy) HelpAge India.
“The tribunal can even sentence the accused to three months’ jail till the compensation is paid if they hold the children guilty. The verdict cannot be challenged. Most importantly, this will not be linked to the victim seeking a separate GD or FIR,” Sen added.
Officers from the community policing wing met ACPs of all divisions to explain how senior citizens often wanted some dignity in life, but not at the expense of getting their kin arrested. “This will give them the much-needed security. During interactions at our Pronam events, we found the only government office they were all aware of was the local police station. Additionally, no one had knowledge about this act. Now, the police will get a chance to act as facilitators who will guide them to their respective tribunals. Additionally, we can build up a strong database on domestic violence against the elderly at homes,” said a senior cop at the their office located at the KIT building in Kolkata.
The community policing wing also announced the expansion of its Tajaswinee project. “Last time, we enrolled girls and women aged 12-50 for martial arts training under this project. It was organized centrally. This time, we shall work at the division level. We plan to open at least 20 centres and then expand as required. Enrolments at local police stations will begin next week,” said an officer.
Source: Times of India