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The Protection of Parents Ordinance 2021

“And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word”.

Quran,chapter-17, Ayat-23-24

“Our Beloved PROPHET MUHAMMAD PEACE BE UPON HIM has also reinforced the duty to be kind to parents”.

Islam is the only religion in the world that has a notable emphasis on type tolerant recognize of parents. Lamentably, it has become a very common practice in our society to send our parents to old-age homes. It is the constitutional responsibility of the state to protect its citizens from any problem. So, the government of Pakistan has taken a great initiative to stop this ill practice. Recently, a landmark ordinance has been issued by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Arif Alvi regarding the protection against forceful eviction of parents in the houses by their children. President Alvi promulgates The Protection of Parents Ordinance (PPO) 2021 (Ord. XII of 2021) under Article 89 of the Constitution.

The PPO-2021 gives the right to parents to evict the disobedient child from their house. According to this Ordinance, parents have the right to reside in their houses even if their child or spouse rents out the house. On the contrary, one more important section of this ordinance is to vest the parents with the power to vacate their house from their child in case of disobedience. Parents can issue a written notice to children in any to evict the house. Children are bound to leave the house within 30 days of the written notice issued by the parents. In case of violation of this ordinance, the Child will be punished with rigorous imprisonment of one year or fine or with both.

The Deputy Commissioner of the district has fully authorized with immense powers, to implement this Ordinance with its full spirit. He can take immediate action on the complaint of parents and even police can arrest them without a warrant. All the procedures for trial and the Appeal will be followed under the Code of Criminal Procedure’ 1898. The aggrieved person has a right to file an appeal within 30 days.

“A person, no matter a tenant or a house owner, cannot evict parents, and eviction will be an offence,” a judgment, written by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi read. Justice Najafi gave the verdict in a case over a Petition.

“Parents could expel their children from their home any time. An offspring must leave the house within seven days in such a case; otherwise he/she will have to face one-month jail term,” the court said.

The children must leave the house of their parents within 30 days of the written notice issued by the parents and failing to do so might land them in jail for 30 days or a fine on them or both. The deputy commissioner of any district now has the power to move against the children upon complaint by parents.

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