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Year of sensational crimes against the elderly

delhi Updated: Jan 19, 2013 00:51 IST
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The year 2012 also witnessed sensational crimes against senior citizens.

The prominent among them were the brutal murder case of 78-year-old Sarojini Bartwal and the Shakarpur double murders in which an elderly couple was found murdered at their house in August.

Not only cases of crime against women saw a steep rise last year, the annual report of police says that cases of crime against senior citizens also witnessed a phenomenal rise.

According to the statistics of the police, a total of 19 cases of murder of senior citizens were registered in 2012, which is four cases more than in 2012 when 15 cases were registered.

Similarly, cases of robbery against senior citizens also saw a rising trend last year when nine cases were registered in comparison to five cases which were registered in 2011.

After facing criticism because of several sensational murder cases reported in 2010, the police had taken several initiatives to control crime against the elderly citizens.

The initiatives included registering elderly persons living alone in their homes in the Senior Citizen cell of Delhi police and issuing identity cards to them.