Jail and fine for offenders insulting senior citizens: UAE
To ensure dignity and access to justice, the Federal National Council (FNC) on Wednesday passed a draft law that would imprison or fine people who offend or insult senior citizens.
The draft that is awaiting the final authoritative signature of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will not only apply to offenders of acts of shame, but will also punish people who witnessed the abuse and failed to report to the authorities.
The new law will include 23 articles dealing with the right to independence and privacy; the right to protection; the right to work, education and an enabling environment; as well as provisions on social and health care and provisions on confidentiality and preferential treatment.
According to the law, offenders causing injury or abusing senior citizens can be punished by imprisonment, a fine between Dh10,000 and Dh50,000, or both.