Maharashtra’s state cabinet has come up with a new name-and-shame policy for adults who abandon their parents. The policy states that those who ill-treat their parents and leave them to take shelter in old-age homes will be mentioned in the ‘defaulter list’, reports Chittaranjan Tembhekar for The Times of India. Their names would be widely publicized and will appear in newspapers for the shameful act.
The state’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan shed light on the fact that the names would be published only after a thorough investigation which will be followed by a legal procedure. Social activists have claimed this move to be a populist one as political parties need to draw people’s attention towards them.
According to the rule, anybody who is of 65 years or more is defined as an elderly person.However, every adult will not become a target of this policy. It clearly states ‘children of those parents who have to live in old-age homes because their wards are not taking care of them will be put on the list.’
TOI reports that Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Section 20 of the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, have enforced wards to look after their parents and if they fail to do so, strict actions will be taken against them.