Senior Citizens Act not much helpful for the elderly, says study

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, is aimed at making sure that senior citizens, who cannot look after themselves, are provided with food, clothing, home, medical care and treatment by their children or relatives.

However, a recent study says that not many senior citizens and elderly people know how to use the law to claim maintenance.

The research says that there has been no push from government to make the officials and the public aware of the Act.

Also, the emotional attitude of hurt elders would stop them from going against their own children even in extreme situations. Such elderly people may prefer to lead their lives silently in pain than approaching the law officials, claimed the study.

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