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21% elderly in Chandigarh have faced abuse: NGO report

The findings of the report were based on inputs from 5,014 respondents in 23 cities, including Chandigarh.

punjab Updated: Jun 15, 2018 12:05 IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh,World Elder Abuse Awareness Day,NGO HelpAge
The report was released ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day that is observed on June 15.(Getty images)

As many as 45 of 218 elderly surveyed in Chandigarh have faced abuse of some form from their families, a report by NGO HelpAge India has revealed. The main perpetrators who abuse elders were sons (53%) and daughters-in-law (47%).

The NGO released a nationwide report on ‘Elder Abuse in India 2018 – Changing Cultural Ethos and Impact of Technology’ at the Old Age Home in Sector 43 on Thursday.

The report was released on the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and was followed by a panel discussion comprising Lt Gen KJ Singh (retd); Jaskiran Harika, principal, DAV Public School, Sector 8; professor Manoj Kumar from Panjab University; additional district and sessions judge Mahavir Singh; and IP Puri, president, Senior Citizens’ Association.

The findings of the report were based on inputs from 5,014 respondents in 23 cities, including Chandigarh.

The report states that 36% elders in Chandigarh agreed that elder abuse was prevalent in society, while 68% confirmed verbal abuse was the highest, followed by 48% being disrespected, 33% being neglected and 25% facing economic exploitation.

The elders shared that the main reason for the abuse was that their children considered them a burden due to old age-related issues, and did not like their way of living. The children also lacked the resources to meet their parents’ financial needs.

Bhavneshwar Sharma, state head, HelpAge India, Chandigarh, said nationally nearly one-fourth (25%) elders experienced abuse personally. The main abusers were sons (52%) and daughters-in-law (34%). The most common form of abuse they experienced was disrespect (56%), verbal abuse (49%) and neglect (33%). Economic exploitation was 22% and beating and slapping was a disturbing 12%.

“Each year we try to get a better understanding of the existence of this heinous crime against our elderly and create awareness about the issue. Unfortunately, elders’ abuse starts at home and comes from those who they trust the most. This year, the son has turned out to be the foremost perpetrator of elder abuse, followed by the daughter-in-law,” Sharma said.

“We run a toll-free elder helpline at 1800-180-1253 for such elders who face abuse,” said HelpAge India CEO Mathew Cherian.

What the report found out

45 of 218 elderly surveyed in Chandigarh have faced abuse of some form. The main perpetrators were sons (53%) and daughters-in-law (47%)

36% elders in Chandigarh agreed that elder abuse was prevalent in society, while 68% confirmed verbal abuse was the highest, followed by 48% confirming they were disrespected, 33% neglected and 25% economic exploitation

Elders shared the main reason for abuse was that their children considered them a burden due to old age-related issues, and did not like their way of living

The children also lacked the resources to meet their parents’ financial needs.

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 12:05 IST