Police review safety measures for senior citizens
NAVI MUMBAI: Two days after an 84- year- old man and his caretaker were murdered in Kasarvadavali in Thane, the Navi Mumbai police are reviewing the existing mechanism they have for the safety of the elderly.
The gruesome Thane murders have shocked residents of the satellite city. Those senior citizens whose, children do not live with them, have started feeling vulnerable.
The Navi Mumbai police have been conducting regular meetings with the elderly. However, all the elderly cannot come to the meeting for various reasons.
Keshar Singh, president of Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association, Vashi, said, “Even as the police are taking steps for senior citizens in the city, more steps are to be taken to strength- en the mechanism. They should regularly visit senior citizens’ centres. The president or the secretaries of such association will give them details of all the people who stay alone and so they will be able to reach out to them.”
He added that the number of meetings should also be increased. “We have only one constable for 700- 750 people. Because of manpower shortage, the police’s role is limited. So the people who stay alone should visit the nearest police station and give their contact numbers to them,” he added.
Hemant Sharma, socio-legal head of NGO Sahayak, said that the police should strengthen their informers’ network for ensuring safety of the elderly. “The police cannot be everywhere due to lack of manpower.”
The police said they have been taking every step for the safety of senior citizens.
Assistant commissioner of police Dhanraj Dayama said, “We have a data base of senior citizens at every police station in the city. Our officials keep are in touch with those who live alone and also visit them regularly.”
Sanapada is one of the areas where there is a sizeable population of the elderly. “So we conduct more meetings there,” he added. “We have formed WhatsApp groups for regular interaction with such people. We get updates from people staying in different parts of the city,” he added.
We have also formed WhatsApp groups for regular interaction with such people. DHANRAJ DAYAMA, assistant commissioner of police