Target: S Yogeshwar, Kundapur assistant commissioner
Goal: Praise the government official for ensuring restoration of home ownership to an elderly woman swindled by her own son
An elderly woman in Udupi, India, swindled out of ownership of her house by her own son, recently found justice with the help of a government official. Cases of elderly individuals being tricked into loss of their possessions a common occurrence unfortunately, in India and elsewhere in the world. This case demonstrates that steps can be taken to protect against elder abuse.
After the death of her husband 86 year-old Savitri had her estate distributed evenly among her eight children along with the house, according to the Times of India. One of her sons, Keshava Bhat, continued to force his stay in Savitri’s house along with his wife, and tricked his mother into signing documents to transfer the property into his name. He told his mother that the documents she was signing were for taking a car loan at a bank.
Savitri came to realize that she had been tricked last year when she noticed that the electricity bill was in her son’s name rather than her own, or her husband’s. This prompted Savitri to approach Dr. Ravindranath Shanbhag, president of the Human Rights Protection Foundation, to investigate the matter. Dr. Shanbhag then duly notified S Yogeshwar, Kundapur assistant commissioner, of the crime which violates the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act. This act makes it an obligation for children and heirs to assist senior citizens and parents by monthly allowance, and provides for the protection of life and property for the elderly.
Assistant commissioner Yogeshwar ordered Keshava Bhat and his wife Vidya to vacate his mother’s house within 15 days and to ensure the transfer of the property back to Savithri. Yogeshwar also ordered the Udupi Town police inspector to confirm that Savithri successfully moves back into her house in case her son causes any trouble.
The successful conclusion of this case has influenced 12 similar cases recently brought before the government of India. Praise the assistant commissioner’s effective prosecution of the accused son, which brought justice to Savithri and other victims of elder abuse.
Dear Mr. S Yogeshwar,
It was heartening to read about the successful conclusion of the case of Savitri’s housing issue. Members of the elderly population are often targeted, especially by younger family members seeking to steal property from them. This is, tragically, a global problem. Thankfully India has enacted laws such as the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act to help protect older persons.
Thank you for not only assisting Savithri in reclaiming her rightful property, but for also ensuring that the orders are securely carried out. This case has already inspired others around India. I wish you all the best as you continue to nobly serve your district’s elders.
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