Man­ga­lore tops in elder abuse cases, says sur­vey

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION -

New Delhi, June 14: Delhi is among the top five In­dian cities re­port­ing high per­cent­ages of el­derly abuse with 33 per cent of the el­derly pop­u­la­tion be­ing treated poorly, a new sur­vey has noted.

Ac­cord­ing to the 23 city re­port by HelpAge In­dia re­leased on Thursday, the max­i­mum amount of abuse hap­pens in Man­ga­lore (47 per cent), fol­lowed by Ahmed­abad (46 per cent), Bhopal (39 per cent) and Am­rit­sar (35 per cent).

The study that aimed at un­der­stand­ing the ex­tent, depth, form, fre­quency and rea­sons be­hind such abuse, re­vealed that nearly one-fourth of the el­derly pop­u­la­tion ex­pe­ri­enced abuse per­son­ally, and of­ten the main abusers were ei­ther sons (52 per cent) or daugh­ters-in-law (34 per cent).

“Un­for­tu­nately, elder abuse starts at home and from whom they trust the most.

“This year the son has turned out to be the fore­most per­pe­tra­tor, fol­lowed by the daugh­ter-in-law who nor­mally is per­ceived as the pri­mary abuser as per past sur­veys,” Mathew Che­rian, CEO, HelpAge In­dia, said.

The char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion also runs a toll-free helpline for el­ders to be able to reach out for help in case of in­stances of abuse.

An­other find­ing of the re­port un­der­lined how 82 per cent of the abused el­derly do not re­port the mat­ter to ei­ther “main­tain con­fi­den­tial­ity of fam­ily mat­ter” (52 per cent) or “do not know how to deal with prob­lem” (34 per cent).

The lat­ter sug­gests their lack of aware­ness, the re­port noted.

Ac­cord­ing to the el­ders par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sur­vey, sen­si­ti­sa­tion of chil­dren and strength­en­ing in­ter-gen­er­a­tional bonding is the way for­ward.

“Thirty-eight per cent el­ders feel the most ef­fec­tive way to deal with elder abuse is to sen­si­tise chil­dren. An­other way of tack­ling this in­creas­ing gen­er­a­tion gap be­tween the young and the old, is bridg­ing this tech­nol­ogy gap and em­pow­er­ing our el­ders,” Ro­hit Prasad, Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, HelpAge In­dia, said.

Join­ing hands in the fight against elder abuse, the or­gan­i­sa­tion, along with 300 se­nior cit­i­zens from across the na­tional cap­i­tal, will hold a can­dle­light march on Friday here. — PTI

Thirty-eight per cent el­ders feel the most ef­fec­tive way to deal with elder abuse is to sen­si­tise chil­dren.

— RO­HIT PRASAD, HelpAge In­dia

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