Tuesday, May 03, 2005

WHO: Elder Abuse by daughters-in-law

World Health Organization (WHO) report - Elder Abuse

MISSING VOICES
In India, there is a law that is intended to protect daughters-in-law from abusive in-laws. A daughter-in-law can go to the police station and lay a complaint that she is being abused by her in-laws, and the in-laws are arrested on her word alone. However, the focus group participants reported that some daughters-in-law are using this law as a form of elder abuse, by making false police reports. In general, participants stressed that the lack of a caring attitude by daughters-in-law was a major problem. (India)

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