Po­lice take steps for more safety for se­nior cit­i­zens

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Arvind Walmiki

THANE: As crimes against se­nior cit­i­zens have been ris­ing, the Thane po­lice have come up with an ini­tia­tive for their safety and se­cu­rity.

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City’s se­nior cit­i­zens, Thane po­lice and Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sci­ences (TISS) and Cen­tre for Life­long Learn­ing have taken the ini­tia­tive to come up with a toll­free helpline for se­nior cit­i­zens 1090. A spe­cial team has been formed to take the calls.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Thane po­lice, there were 7.7 crores se­nior cit­i­zen in 2011 Cen­sus. It has now in­creased by 30% — to 10.30 crore.

A se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Thane com­mis­sion­er­ate said the ini­tia­tive will have three steps.

“First, the po­lice will reach out to all hous­ing so­ci­eties to take the count of se­nior cit­i­zens. They will be cat­e­gorise into three brack­ets. The se­nior cit­i­zens liv­ing alone would come un­der most vul­ner­a­ble cat­e­gory, those liv­ing with rel­a­tives who are out of the house the en­tire day would form the sec­ond cat­e­gory and those who have at least one per­son liv­ing full time with them will be the third one,” said the po­lice.

The city has seen a rise in crimes against se­nior cit­i­zens. Rob­bery, thefts, chain snatch­ing, throw­ing them to out of the house, tor­tur­ing them men­tally and phys­i­cally are some of the ha­rass­ment faced by the el­derly.

Joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Thane, Ashutosh Dum­bare, said, “Thane is work­ing to curb down crimes against se­nior cit­i­zens. The ini­tia­tive aims at pro­tect­ing the el­derly.”

In the sec­ond phase, the po­lice will seek as­sis­tance of youth and cit­i­zen groups. “Vol­un­teers will mon­i­tor and visit the el­derly to tackle the prob­lems they are fac­ing reg­u­larly. In the third phase, we will pro­vide them med­i­cal aid, men­tal se­cu­rity and any other help they need. Se­nior cit­i­zens are usu­ally tar­geted be­cause they do not file cases,” said the po­lice.

AC­CORD­ING TO A SUR­VEY, THERE WERE 7.7 CRORES SE­NIOR CIT­I­ZEN IN 2011 CEN­SUS. IT HAS NOW IN­CREASED BY 30%

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