June 16, 2010

INDIA: Over 50% senior citizens in Ahmedabad are abused by kin, shows survey

AHMEDABAD, Gujarat / The Indian Express / News / June 16, 2010

One of five senior citizens in Ahmedabad suffer the pain and humiliation of physical abuse from their kin, says a survey done by Helpage India in eight cities.

The survey findings released here at a function attended by senior citizens on Tuesday in connection with World Elders Day, also said that verbal abuse of elders was even more common in Ahmedabad — 57 of the 100 senior citizens randomly questioned in the city said they were facing this form of abuse.

The survey also showed that across the country, 44 per cent of senior citizens consider neglect as a form of abuse. In fact, a third said they were neglected by family members.

In the country as a whole, only a third of the total number of senior citizens surveyed said they were aware of laws that dealt with the issue of abuse, particularly the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen’s Act 2007 and the National Policy on Older Persons 2009.

But more than half of those who were aware said they would rather keep quiet about the abuses they face because they believe nothing would eventually come out of complaints. and may even lead to more abuse.

A large number also preferred that the government should initiate home visits as a follow-up action in the case of senior citizen taking a legal recourse against abuse.

Deputy Mayor of Ahmedabad Kalpana Bhatt and an officer of the Crime Branch at Mahila Police Station, C N Chauhan, were present at the function.

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