Protecting the Elderly: A Case Study in India
Technological advancement and rapid urbanization have resulted in the growth of the nuclear family: a single unit comprising of the father mother and the siblings. Such structures inherently neglect the previous generation, under the assumption that they would be secure, and that it is the duty of the new generations to move forward. In a developing nation like India, where the traditional ideal of a Joint family still persists, the increasing alienation of the elderly is a difficult transition. Abuse of the elderly has been steadily increasing as there children are no longer interested in taking care of their parents, reports of violent physical as well as mental abuse and abandonment are heard of almost on a daily basis. I seek to analyse the reasons for the increasing trend of neglect and abuse that is on the rise. Also, to analyse the various measure sought to be undertaken to protect the interests of the elderly namely the Parents and Senior Citizens Bill of 2007 and the already existing socio –legal frame work. In this regard, an analysis of the contemporary laws protecting elder laws in various nations would serve as an indicator as to what changes can be brought about by the Indian legislature to safe guard the elders interests.
Keywords: Elderly, Protection, Family
Student, National University of Juridical Sciences