Patna youth top in abuse of elders, says report

  • Anish, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2015 09:25 IST

In 2011, Patna topped among cities who physically abused their elders with daughters-in-law emerging as primary abusers.

Four years later, the story remains the same for the city and the country, at least in the eyes of the youth.

This was what a nationwide report on elderly abuse, released by HelpAge India to mark World Elder Abuse Day on Monday, revealed.

Titled ‘ Elder Abuse - The Indian Youth Speaks Out’, the study said daughters- in- law remained the primary abuser of elders in youth’s perception.

“Last year, we conducted a survey in cities, which showed that abuse by sons and daughters-in-laws of Patna was around 59%, quite higher than other cities. This year, we consolidated the previous survey and presented it with a national perspective,” said state head of HelpAge India Girish Chandra Mishra.

As per this year’s report, youth perception differed when it came to the participation of sons as abusers. While only 24% youngsters believed sons to be abusers, elders blamed sons in 59% of the cases.

Another shocker emerging from the survey was that most abusers came in the age bracket of 18 and 34 years, primarily in middle income households, indicating abusers started early. They also rated abusers as of sound minds and sound health, signifying that elder abuse was intentional in almost all cases.

The only thing that changed over the years was the mode of abuse.

In 2011, Patna alone had reported 71% cases of physical abuse on elders. This year youth across the nation said the topmost form of abuse in 2015 was ‘using abusive language or talking rudely.’

“Around 43.1% youngsters felt the elders were abused via ‘silent treatment or isolation’. Around 29% felt physical abuse as common, while 30% said denial of basics, medicines and material abuse was prevalent,” said the study.

HelpAge India country head ( advocacy and communications), Manjira Khurana, said, “What is troubling is that while 73% youngsters admit to the existence of elderly abuse, just 60% are willing to take direct action if they come across such a case. In Delhi, the latter constitute an alarming 92%

So, how is this better?

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