In Chandigarh, elderly use 2007 law to cancel property transfer to children

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 12:48 IST
150 cases were filed before the deputy commissioner last fiscal. The number has increased. (HT File Photo)

In a sign of times, the UT administration received 150 requests from senior citizens to revoke property they transferred to children or for issuing eviction orders in financial year 2015-16. Sources said previously around 100 complaints were received in a year. Deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi has disposed of 50 such applications.

Senior citizens were granted this right after Chandigarh administration notified the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, in 2013. Administration sources said in some cases, the son or the daughter even misbehaved with their parents, quarreled and also manhandled them.

The UT administration will also be holding camps to create awareness among citizens.

“Senior citizens can execute their will declaring the property in the name of their children, but should avoid executing it in their lifetime,” a UT administration official said.

Case Study 1

Dadumajra woman got her son and daughter-in-law to vacate ground floor

Mother of two sons and a daughter, the senior citizen woman complained before the DC-cum-district magistrate that her elder son was forcibly putting up on the ground floor and was not ready to vacate the house.

The case was put up before the DC, who after hearing both the parties stated that the woman was entitled to protection of her life and property under Section 22 of the Act. The elder was ordered to vacate the house within a month in March.

Case 2

Resident of Bapu Dham Colony Sector 26 resident sought protection of life and property from son

Senior citizen from Bapu Dham filed the complaint in February and sought eviction orders against his son and daughter-in-law. He added that his son had been allotted a house in Sector 56 but he was not vacating the Bapu Dham house and would often torture him.

The DC ordered the son and daughter-in-law to vacate the house.

The area SHO was also asked to ensure that a cop visited the senior couple twice a month.

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