Mahila Cong seeks action against harassment of senior citizen

The Congress mahila committee headed by Pratima Coutinho along with members met with Deputy Superintendent of Police Serafin Dias on Wednesday regarding an incident of harassment against a senior citizen from Chinchinim.
Coutinho, while addressing the media persons outside the Margao police station after meeting Dias, said that the senior citizen was being harassed by her family. “A 73-year-old woman Philomena Pinto from Chinchinim was removed from her home by her son and daughter-in-law. She had approached the court with the help of the senior citizens federation where she won the case,” she
Despite winning the case and directing a monthly allowance to be given to her as maintenance funds, she continues to face harassment by her son.
“While she was warming milk on a stove, the daughter-in-law threw a vessel and assaulted her. So today we met the DySP Serafin Dias and he has agreed to give directions to the Cuncolim police station to visit the place and book the accused,” said Coutinho.
She further added that as per law, ailing senior citizens cannot be thrown out of their own homes. The mahila committee has also demanded that an FIR should be filed against the son and the daughter-in-law.
Meanwhile, police sub-inspector Sneha Sawal of Cuncolim police station, who is investigating the case, said that based on a complaint, an offence under sections 341 for restraining, 504 for abuse, 506(II) for threatening with dire consequences and also under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 has been registered.
Police informed that the court has also passed necessary orders for maintenance.
“We will arrest the two accused,” said police officer investigating the case.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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