HC: Prescribe action plan to protect senior citizens

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to ensure that each police station maintains an up-to-date list of senior citizens in its jurisdiction, if no such list is maintained as per provisions of the Karnataka Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rules, 2009.

Observing that it is high time the State government prescribes a comprehensive action plan for protecting the life and property as per the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and the Rules, the high court said that the government is required to provide a helpline to senior citizens in taluk and district headquarters as well.

Justice Ashok B. Hinchigeri passed the order while disposing a petition filed by 70-year-old Pachamma. She was living in a house, allotted by the Karnataka Slum Development Board, at New Byappanahalli in Bengaluru since 1970. She had borrowed Rs. 30,000 from S. Karunakaran, a money lender, in 1996, as her child was suffering from heart related ailments. She had repaid the loan within six months.

She alleged that Karunakaran had secured her signature on a blank sheet of paper at the time of giving money to her and continued to demand more money. With the help of his henchmen, he removed her from her house in 2008 and illegally took possession of the property.

On her complaint, Byappanahalli police had registered a case under provisions of the Karnataka Prohibition of Charging Exorbitant Interest Act and the Prize Chit and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act.

However, the court noted that the police had not filed a charge sheet, for reasons best known to them, against Karunakaran for taking possession of her house unlawfully. The court directed the police commissioner to restore the house to her after verifying the facts while asking the State to ensure that an action plan is in place for the protection of life and property of senior citizens as per Section 21 of the Rules framed in 2009.

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