No solace for the elderly at home, says study

Staff Reporter

12 pc report one or more forms of abuse

CHENNAI: Ramayi of MGR Colony in Anna Nagar has a 35-year-old son, who beats her up every day after getting drunk. In the case of her neighbour, the problem is her daughter-in-law who makes slave from morning to night.

For elderly people like them, there is no respite from their kith and kin, M.D. Sankar, Programme Officer, Centre for the Welfare of the Aged, (CEWA) said.

Presenting a study on abuse of elders conducted by CEWA, he said 12 per cent of the elderly, living in five urban poor settlements in Chennai, reported they one or more forms of abuse such as beating, scolding, taking away of their money, demand for property, inadequate food and disrespect and neglect.

CEWA conducted the study in five places at MGR Colony Anna Nagar, Hanumanthapuram Triplicane, Gandhi Nagar Mylapore, Mangalapuram Perambur and Puthiyavazhaimanagar Perambur.

Participating in the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, he said the objective of the programme was to discuss the causes of abuse of the elderly living in slum areas by members of the family and caregivers. Aged persons from various slums in and around Chennai participated.

Former Judge of the Madras High Court, T.N. Vallinayagam, Swami Kannan Bhattacharya, G. Ekambaram, chairman of CEWA, M.S. Mani, secretary and M. Ayyakannu, secretary, Gandhinagar Senior Citizens Association, participated.