Abuse of elderly on the rise: report

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2014 09:17 IST

There is increase in the abuse of elderly at the hands of sons, daughter-in-laws and daughters in the country as per a report of HelpAge India on Elder Abuse in India (2014). The report states that 50% of elders surveyed were abused during this year, compared to last year’s 23%.

Chairman human rights commission Haryana and Uttarakhand justice Vijender Jain released the report at seminar held to mark the Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2014 at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector-10, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

The report findings indicate that women seemed to be more vulnerable with 52% reported to be facing abuse against 48% men. The HelpAge research report was conducted in 12 cities across 8 states, with a sample size of 1,200 elders covering both Metro (Tier I) and Non-Metro (Tier II) cities. It aims to find out the existence of Elder Abuse, the reasons for its occurrence, its extent and what, as per the victims, were the most effective measures to deal with the problem.

Bhavneshwar Sharma, statehead , Help Age India, Chandigarh, shed light on the report.


Delhi, ranked the lowest in Elder Abuse with 22% amongst Tier-I cities, it also indicated a marginal increase of the same from 20% last year, showing a slow but disturbing growth. Bengaluru ranked the highest at 75% within the Tier I cities surveyed, while in the Tier II cities Kanpur was the lowest (13%) and Nagpur highest at 85%.


Though the survey released on Saturday did not cover Chandigarh, as it was surveyed in 2012. Sons and daughters-inlaw are the primary abusers of their elders. The survey stated that 73% of elders are abused by their sons, followed by daughters-in-law that account for 15% of the total abusers. Over 79% of cases went unreported. The sample size in Chandigarh was 280, all above the age of 60.

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