In the first punishment under the newly-introduced Parental Protection Ordinance, 2021, 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 that the man has also been fined Rs. 50,000. He revealed that the parents had filed a complaint against the violence they had been subjected to by their son and the daughter-in-law.
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.
According to a report, 25.2 percent of parents in Islamabad have been physically assaulted in such issues. The alarming figures mean that every fourth parent in the federal capital is being 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.
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.