DESTITUTION AMONG ELDERLY PEOPLE AND PAKISTANI LAWS: A PRACTICAL INSIGHT
The phenomenon of destitution is emerging in Pakistan with the technological and industrial development that is changing the family system from joint to nuclear. The constitutional system of Pakistan made some laws, acts and constitutions for the well-being and welfare of Destitute people and elderly people in different eras. The current qualitative study has been designed to check the implications of Pakistani laws associated with elderly people living in destitute condition. Twelve elderly people were interviewed with a semi-structured interview guide with purposive sampling. The data was compared with the present Pakistani laws for destitute elderly people and its practicality and analysis was done using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. It was found that the constituted Pakistani laws were not practiced in the field for the facilitation and welfare of Destitute elderly people in any stance. The study provides a platform to further studies to focus on other age groups of Destitute people and the implementation of Pakistani laws related to destitute people. The policy implication of the study can assist the law and constitution-makers to focus on the specified group of Destitute elderly people and their rehabilitation and reform rather than constituting a general law for categories of destitute people.