Hindu senior citizens have the option of claiming maintenance either under the Maintenance and Welfare Of Parents And Senior Citizens Act, 2007 or the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956, but not under both.

Maintenance under the Code of Criminal Procedure

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Under Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, if any person with sufficient resources refuses to maintain or ignores parents who are unable to maintain themselves, then a Magistrate of the First Class can order them to give a monthly allowance for maintenance.

You can consult a lawyer about the process to file a complaint and obtain such an order.

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