: Principal District and Sessions judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli said here on Tuesday that a civilization was judged by how it treated its senior citizens, women and persons with disabilities.
Development was not merely based on economic parameters but also included social parameters, he said.
He was speaking after felicitating senior citizens as part of the International Day of Older Persons organised in the city on Tuesday. The programme was jointly organised by the District Legal Services Authority and State Physically Handicapped and Senior Citizens Empowerment Department.
He said the average life expectancy of Indians was increasing due to advances in healthcare which had thrown up issues related to senior citizens. “It is true that parents sacrifice their life and career for their children. But during old age for various reasons they are separated. Senior citizens should not get despondent over it but overcome it by interacting with other children and keep themselves occupied,” Mr. Sankolli said. A seminar on rights of senior citizens was organised on the occasion. The organisers also distributed senior citizens ID cards.