Mumbai second last in list of 23 cities surveyed
MUMBAI: As compared to the national average of 25%, cases of senior citizens from Mumbai reporting abuse stood at 13%. The statistics were revealed following a survey done by Helpage India to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.
The report adds that cases of elderly abuse in Mumbai have fallen drastically — 38% in 2014 . Mumbai ranked second last in the list of 23 cities where 5,014 senior citizens were interviewed. Mangalore tops the list with 47% cases of elderly abuse.
“One of the reasons why the cases reported in Mumbai is lower is because it has a cosmopolitan approach and there are more nuclear families owing to smaller apartments. But when you compare it to smaller cities, it is easier to travel back home or live with parents, which is why the numbers there could be higher,” said Kamla Srivastava, deputy director, Helpage India.
Another aspect the survey brought forth was that only 0.5% elderly in the city availed benefits under Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act (MWPSC), 2007. The act states children and heirs are legally obliged to provide maintenance to their parents in the form of monthly allowance.
“It has been observed that though an act is in place, a lot of senior citizens don’t know about it, which is why implementation is a problem. But some of them also choose not to make use of it fearing their children later, who will not treat them well,” said Sandeep Naik, lawyer.