In a first, Parental Protection Ordinance punishes man for abusing parents
The ordinance recommends a maximum of one year of imprisonment and hefty fines and enables parents to evict a child and the child’s spouse from their home.
Report published in DAWN suggest that 25.2 percent of parents in Islamabad have been physically assaulted by children. These alarming figures indicate that every fourth parent in the Federal Capital of Pakistan is assaulted at the hands of their children or the spouses of their children.
The percentage of such cases in Balochistan is 14.7 percent, 8.2 percent in Sindh, 6.1 percent in Punjab, and 2.4 percent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Parental Protection Ordinance Introduced
Recently, the Parental Protection Ordinance 2021 was introduced in Pakistan. Under Article 89 of the Constitution, the ordinance was promulgated by President Arif Alvi last month to protect elderly parents from the cruelty of their children. It recommends a maximum of one year of imprisonment and hefty fines and enables parents to evict a child and the child’s spouse from their home.
Against this backdrop, legal safeguards will protect parents from becoming homeless and will provide them with legal support to evict abusive children living with them through the institutional process.
The First Punishment introduced under the Ordinance
According to reports, the first punishment has been introduced under this ordinance – a man from Muzaffargarh has been jailed for one month after he was found guilty of torturing and forcefully evicting his parents from their house.
While speaking to the media on the matter, the Deputy Commissioner of the city, Amjad Shoaib Tarin, said:
The man has also been fined Rs. 50,000. His parents had filed a complaint against the violence they had been subjected to by their son and the daughter-in-law.
Although work has begun to improve the lives of parents residing in Pakistan, only time will tell whether the initiative proves to be successful for the masses.
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