Bijnor incident: Women activists demand strict laws to protect old, sick

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New Delhi, Jan. 12 (ANI): Expressing shock over the horrific video of a woman thrashing her elderly mother-in-law in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district, the women activists on Tuesday demanded that a law should be made to protect the old and sick in this country.

Advocate and women rights activist Abha Singh said it is necessary to amendment Section 498 A as it protects only the daughter-in-law.

“I think the time has come where the Parliament needs to sit down and make a law which would protect the old and sick in this country. What is necessary is amendment in 498 A because it only protects the daughter-in-law. Of late, the cases against senior citizens is increasing, they are being beaten, tortured by their own children. A separate law needs to be made which will protect the aged and the old people,” Singh said.

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“It is a very shocking and a very saddening video that has gone viral that a daughter-in-law is beating up her mother-in-law, who is old and sick, in such a brutal manner,” she added.

Former National Commission for Women (NCW) member Shamina Shafiq said it is a crazy scenario, adding that law is made to protect women not to misuse them.

“I feel ashamed that a woman is brutalising another woman. I think women should understand that law has been made to give them that extra support and to help them but that doesn’t mean that it should be misused. I think we should look at the matter from a larger aspect. We should introspect where the society is heading to,” Shafiq said

She insisted that these incidents need to be taken very seriously.

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Former NCW chief Mamata Sharma echoed similar statements, saying that women should not misuse the laws which are made to protect them.

The incident took place in Bijnor district where a 70-year-old lady was thrashed, beaten up and strangled by her daughter-in-law. The incident was reportedly captured on CCTV camera by her husband, who had warned his wife for her behaviour several times earlier.

The accused Sangeeta Jain has been arrested after a case under Section 307 of the IPC was filed against her. (ANI)

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