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February 14, 2012

Pensioners' Paradise Now Tops in Abuse of Elderly (INDIA)

By Saswati Mukherjee, TNN
Feb 12, 2012

BANGALORE: The Garden City, which was once the Pensioners' Paradise, is no longer so. At least that is what a survey has revealed - that it treats its elderly badly. The survey by HelpAge India in nine cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Chennai and Patna - showed the Karnataka capital emerging the leader in verbal abuse (speaking loudly, using foul language, name calling and blaming) and emotional abuse of the elderly.

The fact that the alarmingly high count of elder abuse in the city as recorded in the study is only a partial reflection of the actual figure is a matter of great concern. It is fear of further abuse which lies at the root of the elders not making their ordeal public, says the study.

A whopping 82.8% of elderly in Bangalore fear further abuse and crime against them, apprehending which, they prefer to silently suffer. Also as many as 40.4% of them facing abuse at home say getting it out in the community will only instil in them a sense of shame, say the findings.


Moreover, 19.1% elderly feel that nothing concrete will happen even if they complain and thereby choose to remain silent. Add to that the perception of 9% elderly who feel that they will unnecessarily get entangled in legal issues if they come out with their abuse stories in public. Given the figures, it is not difficult to guess why it is the social workers in Bangalore who are approached the most (20.4%) to intervene and resolve the crisis elders face at home.

According to the report, it is only 1% of the elderly people in Bangalore who are willing to take any concrete action against the abuse




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SOURCE:      Times of India
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