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‘Abuse of elders underreported’

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TOMORROW WILL COME:This senior citizen had a message on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Banglaore on Saturday.— PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.
TOMORROW WILL COME:This senior citizen had a message on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Banglaore on Saturday.— PHOTO: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

: “Eliminate Abuse, Not Elders!” exhorted a poster, held by a group of elderly women, participating in an awareness walk on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day here on Saturday.

Jointly organised by the city police and the Nightingales Medical Trust, the event aimed at creating awareness on the physical, emotional and financial abuse senior citizens face.

The organisers urged the public to use the helpline to bring cases of abuse. Since its inception in 2002, the helpline has resolved 3,545 of the 7,133 cases reported.

Jayavibhava Swamy, director, Department for the Empowerment of Differently-Abled and Senior Citizens, expressed concerns over the attitude of the young towards the elderly and said only 52 cases have been booked under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007. “Although relief can be sought under the Act, most cases go unnoticed or unreported, mainly due to ignorance.”

The government plans to double the allocation to old-age homes while more geriatric wards will be set up.

A street play was performed on the plight of the nonagenarian who was found chained on his terrace recently in the city.

The Elders Helpline, 1090, is toll free and can be contacted by any victim or concerned citizen between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day.

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