Ottappalam: Kerala is likely to make it mandatory to include a clause in the title deed of property that children will take care of their parents.
Consequently, maintenance tribunals will have the power to cancel the deed if the children abandon their parents after getting the property registered in their name.
The process of educating maintenance tribunals, sub-registrars and deed writers has already begun.
Sub-collectors chair the tribunals which are based in the revenue divisional offices. These tribunals consider the complaints of the elderly as per the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The majority of complaints relate to lack of protection after the registration of title deed.
In December 2022, the Supreme Court had ordered that title deeds cannot be nullified just because the children do not take care of their parents and if there is no clause in the deed regarding that. The state is looking to overcome this order by including provisions for taking care of parents until their death.