Complaints by senior citizens will get priority: Sawang

Police Commissioner D. Gautam Sawang greets Deputy Director of Prosecution B. Ramakoteswara Rao, at a seminar organised by Andhra Pradesh Senior Citizens' Federation, in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar  

Police stations across the city will henceforth have designated staff to exclusively look into complaints of abuse or ill-treatment lodged by senior citizens, City Police Commissioner D. Gautam Sawang has said.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007,’ organised by Andhra Pradesh Senior Citizens’ Federation to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016 (on June 15) here on Sunday, the Commissioner attributed the breakdown of the traditional Indian family system to the rapidly changing social structure.

Responding to incidents of abuse of senior citizens by their children after retirement, the top cop said an effective mechanism would be developed to address their problems. He said the names and contact numbers of the designated police personnel would be given to the members of Senior Citizens’ Federation, who could approach them when needed.

Mr. Sawang said the system was being evolved to ensure quick and effective justice to the elderly persons and went a step further by announcing his personal mobile phone number (9493777000), asking them to feel free to call him whenever they needed his help.

“Senior citizens are very important. I make use of their expertise in many of the department interventions,” he informed.

President of Senior Citizens’ Federation Ch. Parameswara Reddy said tribunals constituted in the 13 districts across the State were very active, but in most cases the ‘defendants’ were seen approaching higher courts of law.

Secretary V. Narayana Murthy said the Centre was considering revision of the Rs.10,000 maintenance fee to senior citizens, who were victims of abuse and ill-treatment.

Kanaka Durga, Pamarthi Madhava Rao, Katta Naga Siromani (deaf and mute), and a few other senior citizens who were living either in homes for the aged or with their daughters after they were driven away from home by their sons, narrated their woes.

Former MP and president of Vasavya Mahila Mandali (VMM) Chennupati Vidya said decentralisation of the counselling process would pave the way for speedy redress of cases relating to senior citizens.

Assistant Director, Department for Welfare of Disabled and Senior Citizens, A.D.V. Narayana Rao, said in most cases of neglect and exploitation, the accused were either sons, daughters, or grandchildren.

Deputy Director of Prosecution B. Ramakoteswara Rao, convener of the Federation’s legal cell B. Ravindra Trivikram, and VMM’s B. Keerthy participated.

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