Imprisonment and a fine is a penalty for offending senior citizens

The State Public Prosecution confirmed that imprisonment and a fine are a penalty for violence and abuse of senior citizens, explaining, through a tweet published yesterday, on its accounts on social media, the obligations of the families of senior citizens.

She indicated that, in accordance with Article 14 of Federal Law No. 9 of 2019 regarding the rights of senior citizens, and taking into account the provisions of Federal Law No. (28) of 2005 regarding personal status, the families of senior citizens are obligated to the following according to the detail specified by the executive regulations of this law. It is caring for them, especially caring for those who are unable to take care of themselves, providing the necessary alimony to cover their needs, cooperating with senior citizens’ institutions, taking the necessary measures to protect them from violence or abuse, and providing conditions for public safety in the home in which they reside.

She added that the ministry, the competent authority or the nearest police station must be notified immediately in the event of the death of a senior citizen or the absence of a person who is unable to take care of himself from housing, and the ministry or the competent authority should be notified in the event of a change of residence of a senior citizen who is unable to care for himself.

Article No. 4 of the Cabinet decision regarding the executive regulations of the law stipulates that families of senior citizens are obligated to provide their needs of food, drink and clothing in accordance with their health condition, provide them with appropriate housing, furnish it in a manner that suits their needs, maintain their physical, psychological and health safety, visit and communicate with them. In their places of residence, cooperating with institutions of senior citizens, providing them with approved medical reports periodically, and providing the necessary protection and preservation of their properties.

And she added that their money must be managed if they are unable to take care of themselves, provide documents and identification papers related to them upon request, register them in the database of the ministry or the competent authority, and transfer any of them to the ministry or the competent authority in the event of his inability to take care of himself, and the family's inability to Providing them with physical and home care, in order to study their condition and issue the necessary recommendation in this regard.

The law stipulates penalties for violence and abuse of senior citizens, including what is stipulated in Article 23, that he shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine of not less than 10,000 dirhams and not more than 50,000 dirhams, or one of these two penalties, who provides a service to senior citizens who are unable to take care of themselves. or his caretaker who committed violence or abuse against him, without prejudice to any severer penalty stipulated in any other law.

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