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Senior citizens living alone most vulnerable

delhi Updated: Jul 25, 2012 02:27 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
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Despite several steps taken by Delhi Police to curb crimes against senior citizens, the Capital continues to witness violence against them. Almost every month, a senior citizen is killed in Delhi and most of them are found to be living alone.

Police said senior citizens living alone are soft targets and it is unlikely they would resist any robbery attempt. Police said they had taken initiatives for the safety of senior citizens from time to time. Last year, the police started sending them safety tips through bulk SMS service.

The project was started on a trial basis in west district as a team of west district police had collected details of senior citizens and sent them SMSs on a daily basis.

Delhi police also have a senior citizen security cell at the police headquarters. Members of this cell visit some of the senior citizens every day by turn.

"Till now 11,774 senior citizens have been registered with us of which 3,027 were added in the first six months of this year. We check the security of houses apart from the status of domestic helps,” the officer added.