DESK REVIEWS | Information on legal rights

DESK REVIEW | Information on legal rights

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act (2007) places the responsibility on children or relatives to take care of the elderly and highlights that neglect or abandonment of elderly people is a punishable offence by law (Ministry of Law and Justice, 2007).


Ministry of Law and Justice. (2007). Maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens Act. Government of India. Available from:

No information on legal rights of family providing unpaid care for older persons was found.

The provision of this falls within the mandate of the Older Person’s programme as part of their proposed basket of services for the Integrated service delivery strategy promoting awareness and prevention (see Jordan, 2009), p.12).


Jordan, C. (2009). Older Person’s Programme: Concept paper. Available from: