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Delhi High Court rules that Adult Children abusing their Parents can be evicted from the House

Abusive adult children can be now evicted by the parents from their house, ensuring a normal life for the elderly

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New Delhi, Mar 19, 2017: The Delhi High Court ruled that adult children abusing their parents can be evicted from the house if they do so while staying with them in their property.

In the ruling, Justice Manmohan specified that the house doesn’t necessarily need to be self-acquired or owned by the parents, mentioned PTI report.

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The court said,” As long as the parents have legal possession of the property, they can evict their abusive children,” maintaining the fact that the “courts have always acknowledged the rights of senior citizens or parents to live peacefully and with dignity.”

In 2007, a law gave State Governments the power to draft rules to  protect the life and property of senior citizens. This rule is a major amendment to the same.

The court came to the  verdict after hearing an appeal filed by a former alcoholic policeman and his brother, challenging an order of the Maintenance Tribunal given in 2015, to evict the two from the residence where their old and ailing parents lived.

The brothers had contended that the tribunal had exceeded its jurisdiction in passing the eviction order as there was no claim for maintenance and the relief was granted only on the allegations of physical assault, maltreatment, harassment and forceful ouster of their parents from the property.

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The alcoholic’s services were terminated from the Delhi Police. He said that even in a case of parental abuse, an eviction order could not be passed as per the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007.

Interpreting the provisions of the Act, the court said,”senior citizens’ maintenance tribunal can issue eviction order to ensure that senior citizens live peacefully in their house without being forced to accommodate a son who physically assaults and mentally harasses them or threatens to dispossess them”.

The court passed a 51-page long judgement, noting that the directions to evict the adult children from the house were necessary in certain cases like the one being considered, in order to ensure a normal life for senior citizens.

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The court found that the Delhi government’s rules allowed a senior citizen to complain to district authorities to evict abusive children only from a self-acquired property, despite the fact that the Act makes no such distinction and gives protection to parents even in a rented accommodation.

The court, consequently, directed the Delhi government to amend its rules and formulate an action plan to protect the life and property of senior citizens.

The court stated “the Act, 2007, amongst other remedies, provides for eviction of adult children in cases of parental abuse, like in the present case,” and asked the SDM concerned and SHO, police station Civil lines, to ensure that the sons were evicted from the house immediately.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Depression in Parents Responsible for Brain Differences of Kids

Brain differences detected in kids with depressed parents

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Researchers detect brain differences in children with depressive parents. Lifetime Stock

Researchers have found structural differences in the brains of children at high risk for depression due to parental depressive history.

Depression is a common and debilitating mental health condition that typically arises during adolescence. While the causes of depression are complex, having a parent with depression is one of the biggest known risk factors.

Studies have consistently shown that adolescent children of parents with depression are two to three times more likely to develop depression than those with no parental history of depression.

“The findings highlight a potential risk factor that may lead to the development of depressive disorders during a peak period of onset, said study author Randy P. Auerbach, Associate Professor at Columbia University in the US.

“However, in our prior research, smaller putamen volumes also has been linked to anhedonia–a reduced ability to experience pleasure–which is implicated in depression, substance use, psychosis, and suicidal behaviours,” Auerbach said.

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Having a parent with depression is one of the biggest known risk factors for the brain of the child. Lifetime Stock

“Thus, it may be that smaller putamen volume is a transdiagnostic risk factor that may confer vulnerability to broad-based mental disorders,” Auerbach added.

For the study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the researchers analysed brain images from over 7,000 children in the United States participating in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive development (ABCD) study, led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

According to the study, about one-third of the children were in the high-risk group because they had a parent with depression.

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The research found that in the high-risk children, the right putamen–a brain structure linked to reward, motivation, and the experience of pleasure–was smaller than in children with no parental history of depression.

“Understanding differences in the brains of children with familial risk factors for depression may help to improve early identification of those at greatest risk for developing depression themselves, and lead to improved diagnosis and treatment,” said study researcher David Pagliaccio. (IANS)