The Supreme court issued notice to the Centre and states seeking establishment of at least one old age home in every district across the country with basic healthcare facilities.
A social justice bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice UU Lalit issued a notice to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the plea and sought its response.
The PIL was filed by Supreme Court lawyer Sanjeeb Panigrahi.
Panigrahi's plea said, "With nuclear families springing up and the focus more on the individual than the family, elders' care is taking a beating."
Panigrahi said, the rate of abuse faced by senior citizens has risen from 23% last year to 50% this year and socio-economic problems of the elderly are aggravated by lack of social security and inadequate facilities for health care, rehabilitation and recreation, referring to a survey by Help Age India.
Senior citizens lack the security needed in old age and live with a low soial status. They are prone to physical, psychological and emotional abuse within their families and the government must intervene to ensure that they lead a respectful life.