There was a time when Covid-19 was at its peak, several senior citizens became
homeless just because they have got infected by Covid-19. Multiple times we got
to know about the fact that, at the time of Covid-19 children were throwing
their parents out of the house because they were afraid that they might get
infected by Covid-19. In my opinion, Covid-19 is just an excuse for throwing
parents out of the house and making themselves free from all the
responsibilities of senior citizens.
It is just one example that how people free themselves from the responsibilities
of their parents. As the world progresses, we are leaving our old generations
behind. We have become so busy in the race of life that we are not able to give
time to our elders. Suppose, if anyone got trapped in an open place without a
phone, friends, and loved ones, then how that person would feel? Obviously, the
person will feel left out even when the person is around N
number of people. That's the exact case with some of our senior
Senior citizens are a treasure for our society. They are a link to our past,
present & future. These older adults serve as essential resources to our
community as they can be highly skilled and proficient and can contribute their
world of knowledge and experience to us. They are the senior members of the
family who know better about many things like religion, family, history,
relation, values, and many more other customary practices. They pass these
family values, traditions, and societal knowledge to the upcoming generations.
This was an automatic system of the Indian family system to disseminate past
values and knowledge.
What did we get from them?
We can get many valuable teachings from them, such as knowledge about our
customs, culture, and manners in a more comprehensive manner. They help
youngsters by giving ideas of do's and don't. They keep family together. They
tell youngsters the stories of Indian history and help to keep the history
But, why do children throw their parents out of the house and leave them in
old-age homes? In my opinion, when the children grow up, they forget to respect
their parents or some children are so greedy that they leave their parents out
of the house for the sake of property. Some children indulge their parents in
laborious works for the sake of money.
Do senior citizens have rights?
Yes, there are certain provisions are exist in the Constitution of India, to
preserve the rights of those aged above 60, for instance; Article 41 of the
Constitution of India talks about the Right to Work, it further talks about the
security of the rights of senior citizens to employment, education, and, public
assistance. An elderly person has the right to be treated with dignity and
respect, without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability,
marital status, or source of payment.
This means that the elderly person has the
right to make his or her own choices about personal affairs, benefits, and
services. As per the rights guaranteed under the National Policy for Older
Persons, 1999, all Indian citizens aged above 60 are entitled to a 30%
concession in ticket prices while traveling with the Indian Railways. And for
women's the concession is 50% including berth requests. Air India is also bound
to provide a concession of 45% to seniors at the time of making a booking for
economy class, as per the National policy for older persons,1999.
also carried aid for seniors with special care such as allowing them to board
and de-board before others or providing them with wheelchairs, whenever
required. While different religions have varying laws in place to protect the
interests of senior citizens. Some are very particular, such as Section 20 of
the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956 states the statuary provision for
maintenance of parents under Hindu personal law. Similar laws can be found in
Muslim laws, Christian laws, and even in Parsi laws.
What can we do for Senior Citizens?
Senior citizens need a lot of care and family support, after the age of 60,
seniors start deteriorating in terms of physical and mental health, at this
time, they need someone who is willing to stay with them and love them.
People should not consider senior citizens as a burden on their families.
With the increasing age, it is important to be more vigilant about the basic
amenities of senior citizens. They should have access to food, water,
shelter, and health care through basic income provisions.
Older persons should be able to live with dignity and free from mental and
Older persons should participate actively in societal works and in the
formulation of policies that promote their well-being.
Older people should have access to educational, cultural, and spiritual
resources of the society so that they can make use of their full potential
in these areas.
Under personal laws, the moral duty to take care of parents is recognized.
However, so far as the law is concerned, the position and extent of such
liability vary from community to community.
both sons and daughters have an equal duty towards parents so they have to
maintain their parents. If their parents are financially unable to maintain
themselves so children have to give maintenance to their parents.
parents have the right to seek maintenance and children are bound to
maintain their poor parents.
Christian And Parsi law:
They have no personal laws, if parents wish to seek maintenance so they have to
apply under provisions of CrPC, 1973.
There are various initiatives are being taken by Government and judiciary, for
example, Karnataka High Court said that State has a statutory obligation under
section 19 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and senior citizens Act,
2007 that there should be an old age home in each district. Under the said act,
adult children have the legal obligation to maintain their parents, depending
upon the earning of the person.
In the end, I would like to say that respect the seniors, spend time with them,
understand them. Do not consider senior citizens as a feast, whenever you think
of leaving grandparents/ parents to the old-age-home, then just try to memorize
once that what your grandparents/parents have done for you. Parents are also a
part of your life, don't let them go away from you.
Always remember, whenever you feel alone, it is only your family who is going to
support you whether you are right or you are wrong. I know that today's world is
progressing very fast, no one has time, but never forget that you have reached
this point only because of your parents. Like your parents have taken care of
you since childhood, now is your time to take care of them.