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June 15, 2010

Abuse of elders must be stopped

Filed under: Press_Coverage — Fighting Legal Terror @ 2:38 pm

http://www.merinews.com/article/abuse-of-elders-must-be-stopped/15823024.shtml

Abuse of elders must be stopped
While ordinary law-abiding senior citizens along with their children are being summarily arrested and ruthlessly incarcerated on false charges of dowry harassment every day, the Government has not raised a finger yet.
CJ: Mahesh

Tue, Jun 15, 2010 15:34:15 IST

National Family Harmony Society has called for highlighting the issues of aged people on the event of abuse Elder’s undergo.
Misuse of dowry laws (IPC 498A) and other woman-protection laws like has now become a well recognized problem in India. Increasing number of aged parents, sisters and children in the husband’s family are falsely accused and arrested under these laws, and find them defenseless against the harassment unleashed thereafter.
Over the years, various responsible agencies including Indian Judiciary have stressed on the need for amending these atrocious laws. The World Health Organization identified misuse of IPC Section 498A as the prominent reason for elder abuse in India.
The Supreme Court of India has described the misuse of IPC Section 498A as ‘Legal Terrorism’, and has stressed that the law must be amended in order to protect the innocent, and to ensure justice to the genuinely aggrieved. Rational and responsible citizens from all over the country and abroad have repeatedly warned that these laws in their present form are detrimental to family harmony, and left unchecked, these laws have enormous potential to shatter marital and family stability in years to come. A report on “Elder Abuse in India” by the United Nations talks of a law in India that protects girls from harassment from their in-laws. Some girls are misusing this law to harass their in-laws.
 
While ordinary law-abiding senior citizens along with their children are being summarily arrested and ruthlessly incarcerated on false charges of dowry harassment every day, the Government has not raised a finger yet. Why is the Government not directing the law enforcement system to make proper inquiries before acting on complaints of dowry harassment filed on common citizens? Why are the repeated pleas for amending laws not being heard? Why are the young men and women of India forced to dissipate their energies and waste their most productive years in needless litigation? Why are so many senior citizens being traumatized during the last leg of their lives? Why is the Government sponsoring the destruction of families?
Now the general consensus is that misuse of Domestic Violence Act is much more than its really meant for.
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