IN A first-of-its-kind case in Mohali district, police have registered a case against two men for abandoning their mother under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act. Both the accused are at large.
The woman has been admitted to a rehabilitation centre at Sector 66 as her mental state is not stable. The action was taken on behalf of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA).
The victim, Baljeet Kaur, a Phase 1 resident, retired from the Punjab Civil Secretariat as senior superintendent. She was thrown out of her home by her sons, Kanwaljeet Singh and Mandeep Singh, five years ago. Kanwaljeet works as Subdivisional Officer in the soil and conservation department while Mandeep holds a senior position in the Customs department of the Canadian government in Ontario.
DLSA Secretary Monica Lambha, who was probing the case on the directions of Justice TPS Maan, Executive Chairman of Punjab Legal Services Authority (PLSA), said the judge came to know about Baljeet, who was staying at a gurdwara in Phase 1 following which he directed her to investigate the case and rehabilitate the woman. Lambha added that they have shifted Baljeet to an old-age home at Prabh Asra Trust in Kurali and provided treatment to her.
She further stated that though she had called both sons of Baljeet and counselled them, still they refused to take care of their mother.
“Kanwaljeet Singh threw his mother out of his house when we asked him to take care of her. He refused and said that his brother Mandeep would do it. When we called him, Mandeep also refused to either take his mother with him or make arrangements for her treatment here in India. We have now written against him to the Canadian embassy about how he refused to take his mother along,” said Lambha.
Moreover, during the investigation, they came to know that the home where Kanwaljeet and his wife were living was also in the name of Baljeet following which they have filed an application in the court of the subdivisional magistrate to stop the sale and transfer of property. Lambha further said that they have shifted Baljeet to a government rehabilitation centre at Sector 66 for treatment as she had also lost memory.
When asked about punishment under the law, Lambha said a case has been registered under Section 24 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act under which if anyone is found guilty, he would be sentenced for three months and a fine of Rs 5,000 could be slapped on him.