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In South Delhi, security tops wish list of the elderly

After the cold-blooded murder of an 80-year-old woman inside her house in east Delhi two months ago, senior citizens of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) ward 194 are not taking any chances. They have now taken it on themselves to protect the elderly. Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2012 23:21 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

After the cold-blooded murder of an 80-year-old woman inside her house in east Delhi two months ago, senior citizens of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) ward 194 are not taking any chances. They have now taken it on themselves to protect the elderly.

“Call it the failure of state machinery or helplessness of police to maintain a registry of senior citizens, the residents of Kalkaji and East of Kailash areas have decided to protect ourselves,” said Dr GS Grewal, chairman and founder of Wellness, health and you, an independent organisation working for senior citizens.

“I will turn 60 soon and it is important for each one of us to wake up in time and take control of our lives and surroundings,” he said.

The organisation carried out a survey of 356 elderly citizens in the MCD ward and found that about 298 people did not know the location of the police station or the local beat constable. The organisation also checked with the police registers and realised most senior citizens of the area did not figure in their list.

“We distributed cards with the names and telephone numbers of the beat officers to all residents above the age of 60 years,” said Grewal.

“Their registers, which were not updated for years, were flooded with calls within days of us distributing the cards. Even the senior citizens said they felt a little more secure,” he said.

Post-elections, the group intends to work in close co-ordination with the area councillor to ensure senior citizens have easy access to parks.