Mum­bai sec­ond last in list of 23 cities sur­veyed

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Ye­sha Ko­tak

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.

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