Refuge for aged

Alistair Scrutton

Alistair Scrutton

NEW DELHI - Indians who neglect their ageing parents face possible prison under a new law.

The law, passed late yesterday, reflects concerns that rapid modernisation and a growth in nuclear families is undermining the centuries-old social fabric of extended families.

"At least the elderly can have a roof to live under and food to eat," Gyan Pilania, a Hindu nationalist MP, said.

If found guilty of parental neglect, Indians face up to a month in jail . Children or relatives can also be ordered to pay a monthly maintenance allowance to the aged. - Reuters