37.14 p.c. of the elderly population are abused: report

Bangalore city has emerged as one of the most unfriendly cities in the country from among 20 cities surveyed by HelpAge India, a non-governmental organisation. While Bhopal has emerged as the most unfriendly city for elders, Bangalore comes seventh after cities such as Guwahati, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. By being last on the list of 20, the relatively less developed Jaipur is the best city for the elderly to live in.

Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Lalrokhuma Pachau, who released the nationwide report on elder abuse in India to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Bangalore on Thursday, said the report was an eye-opener and warrants introspection on the part of the city's residents as well as policy makers.

The survey was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Patna, Chandigarh, Panaji, Ahmedabad, Shimla, Jammu, Kochi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Puducherry, Jaipur, Chennai, Dehradun and Lucknow.

The report says that at least 37.14 per cent of the elderly population in Bangalore are victims of abuse.

In Bhopal, 77.12 per cent of the elderly people are subjected to abuse. Guwahati comes next with 60.55 per cent and Lucknow in the third position with 52 per cent.

The report claims that it is sons and not daughters-in-law who abuse the aged. It says that in 56 per cent of the cases of abuse, sons are the perpetrators and daughters-in-law account for almost half of that figure at 26 per cent.

In a majority of cases, abused elders do not know that there is any police helpline while those who know about it never used them “to maintain family honour”.

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