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National Workshop on Right to Dignity: Elderly Abuse in an Era of Social Progress and Urbanization

National Law University, Jodhpur and National Human Rights Commission, New-Delhi are jointly organizing the National Workshop on "Right to Dignity: Elderly Abuse in an Era of Social Progress and Urbanization".

Date: 25th & 26th September, 2015
Venue: National Law University, Jodhpur

About the Seminar:
Over the years, our country has been known for its rich family values. The very first thing that is imbibed in our minds is to treat our parents as Gods - 'Matrudeo Bhava' and 'Pitrudeo Bhava'. But, looking at the recent trends of rapid economic growth, urbanization and inception of the era of consumerism we get confronted by the harsh reality of elderly abuse.

Life expectancy has increased by 20 years as compared to 1951. There is pressure on all aspects of care for the older persons - be it financial, health or shelter. With an increased life expectancy rate, resultant rise in the size of the family & diminishing spaces to live, have caused stress in joint and extended families.

The problems of the ageing process has to be understood in the back drop of far reaching social, economic and value based changes in India. Indian society has witnessed an erosion of traditional values which has undermined the position and status of the elderly. Consequently, physical hardships, psychological stress, financial security, better health maintenance facilities etc. are the areas which ask for special attention in the case of elderly. The problem of advancing age will not come to an end by physical, medical, and economic facilities alone. The need of the elderly to feel wanted, to dispel their fears of helplessness and worthlessness and to keep them mentally busy are no less demanding.

The objective of the Workshop is mainly to educate and enlighten the civil society about the rights of our senior citizens who are the treasures and treasurers of our lives. The workshop will provide an outline of law and policies involved in streamlining the lives of the elderly so that their right to dignity of life is not defeated.


  • Transitional family values
  • Old-age: An end of right to live with dignity?
  • Social structure in urbanized India - A myth or reality?
  • Social Isolation in later life
  • Physical and Emotional Challenge of the elderly
  • Financial Challenge at the later stage of life
  • Issues of Neglect by family and Society
  • Maltreatment by the society and family
  • Crime against Senior Citizens - An increasing pandemic
  • Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act of 2007 - Legal Instrument in place?
  • Mechanisms towards promoting active, healthy aging and care of Indigent Senior Citizens
  • Efforts by the youth in ending the neglect and maltreatment against the aged

Note: The Sub-Themes are not confined to the ones mentioned above.

Submission Guidelines:
Papers for the workshop are invited from academicians, research scholars, university students, legal practitioners and social activists.

All the abstracts should be in about 300-500 words. The Title and Keywords are inclusive in the word limit, apart from which the participant should mention his/her name and designation. In addition to the abstract, the participant shall fill and send the registration form which shall include name of author and in case of Co- Authors [not more than 2], relevant sub-theme, University / Institution affiliation, email ID, contact numbers and complete address for communication.

Peer review process will be followed in accepting papers for presentation and any sort of plagiarism would lead to immediate disqualification for which the organizers are not liable. The participants shall be informed about acceptance or rejection in due course of time.

The abstracts should be emailed to us on or before 25th July, 2015 at

Full Length Papers:
The word limit for the paper submission shall be 3500-5000 including references. Footnotes shall follow the Standard Indian Legal Citation Method (SILC). Full length papers should be typed in MS word using Times New Roman, Font Size 12 for the text, sub heading font size 13, main heading font size 14, line spacing 1.5. Any sort of plagiarism would lead to immediate disqualification. The full papers should be email to us by or before 30th August, 2015 at

There will not be any registration fee for the workshop and the organizers will take care of lunch and tea during the workshop. But those who require accommodation at Jodhpur should get in touch with the organizer and it can be provided on payment basis. Participants have to make their own travel arrangements for which no TA/DA would be paid.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission

27th July, 2015

Date Intimation of Acceptance

30th July, 2015

Full Paper Submission

30th August, 2015

Date of Acceptance

3rd September 2015

Date of Workshop

25th - 26th September, 2015

Dr. Manisha Mirdha
Organizing Committee Co-Ordinator
Assistant Professor, NLU Jodhpur
Phone: +91-9828120307

Dr. Anjali Thanvi
Organizing Committee Co-Ordinator
Assistant Professor, NLU Jodhpur
Phone: +91-7597949039

Mr. Rohan Thomas
Faculty of Law, NLU Jodhpur
Phone: +91-7727091256

Mr. Deepankar Sharma
Faculty of Law, NLU Jodhpur
Phone: +91-9950047949

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