New Delhi: One in every three senior citizens is abused in India. On International Senior Citizens Day, CNN-IBN turns its attention to the elderly who deserve to spend their golden years in dignity. An NGO working for the aged has now found that more that 50 per cent abuse cases come from within the family.
Thrown out of his own house by how own family members, 80-year-old GS Bhatia had no option but to find solace in an old age home. Mr Bhatia said that his own son and daughter-in-law abused him and even refused to give him food days before abandoning him.
Mr Sahani, 84-years-old, also has a similar story of neglect and humiliation to tell. "My son slapped me, my daughter-in-law told me that she's fed me for 15 years and can't feed me any more. They asked me to leave them," he said.
Such shocking abuse of the elderly has been growing in India, claimed a study done by an NGO. The study reportedly found that one in every three senior citizens is abused mainly by their own family. In 56 per cent of the cases, sons were the chief abusers while in 23 per cent cases, daughters were the culprits. ...more
09:03 AM, Oct 01, 2012