HC evicts Pune sons for harassing aged parents

The Court noted that both the sons of the couple were allegedly interested only in property and were least bothered towards the medical and other needs of their elderly parents

pune Updated: Jun 24, 2017 22:49 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Bombay high court said ageing has become a major social challenge and it was clear that responsibilities towards parents had degenerated.(HT File Photo)

Ageing has become a major social challenge, the Bombay high court said while ordering the eviction of the sons of an elderly couple from Pune as they not only failed to look after their aged parents, but also mentally harassed the retired couple.

“This is a perfect example of the insensitivity of children towards their aged parents,” said Sadhana Jadhav rejecting the appeal filed by Santosh, elder son of the aged couple Surendra and Sunanda Patil.

The judge was irked to note that both the sons of the elderly couple were interested only in the property of their parents and were least bothered towards the medical and other needs of their elderly parents.

“It is clear that the responsibilities towards the parents have degenerated,” the judge said. Recognising social change and attitude of some children towards their parents, Jadhav said, “It is apparent that the parents in the present case are not only exposed to emotional neglect, feeling of rejection, social insecurity, but to lack of physical and financial support also.” “It has become a major challenge to their very peaceful existence,” the judge added.

The high court has now directed Santosh and his younger brother, Sandeep, to vacate in two weeks premises of the bungalow constructed by their aged parents from their own earnings, and also pay Rs.2,000 to each of their parents as monthly maintenance.

The order came on an appeal filed by Santosh, challenging February 2016 orders passed by the sub-divisional officer (SDO) at Pune, ordering both Santosh and Sandeep to vacate the bungalow with immediate effect.

Sandip had approached high court after the additional collector, Pune, upheld the SDO’s order made under provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, and also directed Nigadi police to execute the order.

The high court, however, noticed that though Sunanda earned Rs.13,000 as monthly pension, she and her husband, who has been suffering from diabetes and who has also lost vision in his left eye due to blood haemorrhage, required further sums to take care of their medical needs. Instead of providing necessary support to their elderly parents, the sons kept fighting for share in the bungalow.

Besides, the high court noticed that the wife of the elder son also threatened the elderly couple to lodge criminal complaints against them if they sought their eviction. Although the sons were ordered to vacate the bungalow premises, the elder son had created a make-shift tent just outside the door of the bungalow, but within its premises and was residing there saying he had no other place to go, which reflected on conduct of the sons.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 22:48 IST