Friday, June 15, 2012


Bangalore City treating aged harshly

The helpline has received about 90,000 phone calls from the elderly from 2002 to 2012. The senior citizens continue to call the helpline, seeking information or complaining about their ill-treatment. In 2009, 62 elderly people called up, complaining that their family members were either harassing them or had cheated them. This number rose to 67 in 2010 and to 68 in 2011. Since 2002, the training centre has received 2,211 complaints altogether of harassment by family.
City does not respect its elders 

HELPAGE INDIA, a charity working for the country's aged, has released a survey report that says 32.71% of the city's senior citizens (those above 60 years of age) are facing abuse, in the form of disrespect and mental torture, from their own families in Chandigarh. That is worse than the average of 31% reported in the survey that covered 20 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Patna, Panaji, Ahmedabad, Shimla, Jammu, Kochi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Puducherry, Jaipur, Chennai, Dehradun and Lucknow. A total of 5,600 elders were interviewed, 280 from each city, in the survey conducted earlier this year.
Chennai ranks 12/20 in survey of elder abuse
Chennai ranked 12th on the list of 20 cities that were surveyed for abuse of elderly people by HelpAge India this year. The non-governmental organisation released its annual survey report at an event to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Thursday, at the office of the Commissioner of Police here in Egmore.

City treating aged harshly

New Delhi The number of senior citizens who face abuse in the National Capital Region has more than doubled in the last year, according a report published by HelpAge India. While the percentage of those abused stood at 30 per cent of all the elderly in the city in the past year, the figure for 2010/2011 stood at 12 per cent. The report, released by Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna on the eve of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, covered twenty cities and is based on interviews of 5,600 people.

The elderly have a better deal in Kerala than in most other states in the country. Research published by the non-government organisation HelpAge India shows that Kerala has one of the lowest rates of abuse of elders in the country

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