HC hears plea of senior, questions state on maintenance officer
During the hearing of a petition by journalist and hairstylist Natasha Sara to provide relief and assistance to Jayashree Gholkar, who lives alone in filthy surroundings with stray dogs in a cottage in Versova, Additional Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat-Pai told the court that the tribunal and the appellate tribunal have been constituted as laid down in the Act, but she had no instructions on the appointment of a maintenance officer under the Act.
Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Mridula Bhatkar asked the state to provide the information to court by December 13.
Kamat-Pai told the court that Versova police, with the help of Sara and NGO Helpage India, had visited Gholkarís cottage and cleaned it. A CD showing the cleaning was submitted to the court on Wednesday.
The court was told that while Gholkarís brothers live overseas, a relative in the city provided monetary help to her.
Earlier, the state government had told the court that Gholkar does not let anyone enter her house and that food and water is served to her through a window. The police officers, therefore, sought the help of the petitioners to approach Gholkar.
Section 18 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, entails appointment of
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