14 Jun 2018: Mangalore tops the list of elder abuse; Delhi at 5th
Delhi is among the top five Indian cities reporting high percentages of elderly abuse with 33% of the elderly population being treated poorly, a new survey released by HelpAge India said.
Here are more details.
Main abusers: Sons and daughters-in-law turned out to be main abusers
The study, aimed at understanding the extent, depth, form, frequency and reasons behind elder abuse, revealed one-fourth of the elderly population experienced abuse personally, and often the main abusers were either sons (52%) or daughters-in-law (34%).
"Unfortunately, elder abuse starts at home and from whom they trust the most," said Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India.
HelpAge India also runs a toll-free helpline for elders.
Reporting abuse: 82% abused elderly do not report the matter
The study revealed 82% of abused elderly do not report the matter to either "maintain confidentiality of family matter" (52%) or as they "don't know how to deal with problem" (34%).
"38% of elders feel the most effective way to deal with elder abuse is to sensitize children. Another way is to bridge technology gap and empowering elders," Rohit Prasad, COO, HelpAge India, said.
Fact: HelpAge India to organize candle march tomorrow
Joining hands in the fight against elder abuse, HelpAge India, along with 300 senior citizens from across the national capital, will hold a candlelight march tomorrow at Parliament Street in New Delhi.