Chennai: In what is billed as the first
arrest under the Senior Citizens Protection Act, a 55-year-old
man was taken into custody here today after his octogenarian
father complained that he was pre-termitting him.
Police said Kumar was the eldest of the three sons of
83-year-old Muthukrishnan, living separately after his wife`s
death five years ago, without having any means to sustain
Police said this was the first time an arrest was made
under the Act. Kumar was produced before a court which
remanded him in judicial custody.
Despite having enough money to make ends meet, Kumar
neither took care of his father nor gave him any money, police
said. Besides ignoring him, he even stopped talking to his
father, they said.
The other two sons, however, contributed some money to
Two years ago, Muthukrishnan had lodged a complaint
with police who worked out an arrangement under which Kumar
would pay his father Rs 200 every month and warned him of
action if he failed to comply. Kumar had initially paid the
amount for a few months but stopped it suddenly citing "lack
Muthukrishnan then lodged a complaint with Chennai
City Police Commissioner T Rajendran and a case was registered
under the Senior Citizens Protection Act.
When police questioned Kumar, he claimed he did not
have enough money and was depending on his wife`s earnings.
However, Muthukrishnan contended that his son was
earning enough money through contract works in Railways and
from the printing press he owned.