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23 percent of Indian elders face abuse: Report
Friday June 14, 2013 10:50 PM, IANS

Around 23 percent or more than one-fifth of India's elderly are known to have experienced abuse in the form of disrespect, verbal abuse, neglect while some have even faced assault, according to the "Elder Abuse in India 2013" report.

The report by Help Age India was released on the eve of "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" which would be celebrated worldwide Saturday. To commemorate the day, the elderly of Delhi have organized a candle light vigil at Jantar Mantar at 6:30 p.m.

"We have been doing this survey for the past four years and the data that has been collected is from the metropolitan cities and 25 tier II cities as well," said Manjira Khurana, advocacy and communications head at Help Age India.

The city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest level of abuse against elders and the main perpetrators of the abuse were daughters. Among the metropolitan cities, Hyderabad recorded the highest form of such abuse with daughters-in-law being the main perpetrators.

"The report has been very disturbing but we, as elderly, also have to try and create an intergenerational friendship with the youngsters as we are people of two different generations. It is also important to make the citizens aware of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act," said Justice (retd.) Leila Seth at the event.

The social security and the financial security of the senior citizens in India is governed by the 2007 act. Himachal Pradesh is the first state to have implemented the act.

Rajeev Mehrotra, managing director, RITES India, said: "Existing social security measures are not enough to ensure decent medical care, work engagement and economic activity generating adequate income enabling old persons to lead a life with dignity and some degree of independence, hence much more needs to be done at the governmental level."

To raise awareness on the abuse against elders, Help Age India has launched its Help Unite generations (HUG) campaign with the aim to sensitize young children and adults on elder issues and needs.

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