Read Order: Surinder Kaur v. State of Punjab and others
Chandigarh, August 2, 2021: Hearing a petition by a senior citizen against her son, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Deputy Commissioner of police to listen to her within 15 days of filing of her complaint and pass an appropriate interim direction within a period of two months thereafter.
The High Court held that since the petitioner has an alternative and efficacious remedy of approaching the competent court i.e. Deputy Commissioner under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, she is relegated to her remedy to file a complaint.
The prayer in this petition was for issuance of directions to the official respondents to protect the life and liberty of the petitioner at the hands of her son and daughter-in-law.
The counsel for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner, who is aged about 64 years, is the mother of respondent No.4 Kulwant Singh and mother-in-law of respondent No.5 Jasvir Kaur.
The counsel further submitted that on account of maltreatment by her son, the petitioner has given a complaint to the police. However, the police did not decide the same on the premise that it is a dispute between the mother and son.
Deciding the matter, the bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan stated, “In case the complaint is filed within a period of 15 days from today, the concerned Deputy Commissioner will decide the same and pass an appropriate interim direction within a period of two months thereafter.”