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Capacity building prog for PLVs held online
Source: Chronicle News Service

Imphal, February 07 2022: An online capacity building programme for papra-legal volunteers (PLVs) of Tamenglong and Noney districts was organised on Monday by District Legal Services Authority, Tamenglong under the topic "Law relating to Maintenance of Wives, Children and Parents" in collaboration with Manipur State Legal Services Authority under the aegis of NALSA.

In his address, District & Sessions Judge, Imphal West cum chairman DLSA Tamenglong, Aribam Guneshwar Sharma stated that it is not only amoral obligation to maintain wives, children and parents but also to protect them by law under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure; the Hindu Adoption & Maintenance Act, 1956 and the Maintenance & Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.To maintain wife, children and parents is imbedded to all of us morally, legally and socially, he added.

As resource person of the programme, assistant professor of Royal Academy of Law, Oinam Chongtham Shaibhalini Devi spoke on the relevant provisions under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure; the Hindu Adoption & Maintenance Act, 1956; the Muslim Woman (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986; the Maintenance & Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.She focused mainly on law relating to maintenance of parents and senior citizens and also highlighted the salient features of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.As per the Act, parent means father or mother whether biological, adoptive or step father or step mother, as the case may be, whether the father or the mother is a senior citizen or not; senior citizen means any person being a citizen of India, who has attained the age of 60 years or above; children includes son, daughter, grandson and grand-daughter but does not include a minor; and relative means any legal heir of the childless senior citizen who is not a minor and is in possession of or would inherit his property after his death, Shaibhalini explained.

She continued that a senior citizen or parent who is unable to maintain himself from his own earning or out of his property, shall be entitled to make an application for maintenance before the Maintenance Tribunal ie, Sub Divisional Officer against one or more of his children not being a minor in case of parent or grand-parent; and against his relative in case of a childless senior citizen.

If the senior citizen or parent is incapable of making an application under the Act, any other person or organisation authorised by him like any voluntary association registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or any other law for the time being in force may make such an application.

Shaibhalini also stressed on the-need for establishment of old age home at least one in each district and medical care of senior citizens, while appealing for fulfilling "our obligation towards our wives, children, parents and senior citizens even before any complaint is made against us," said DLSA, Tamenglong in a press release.


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