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HelpAge India unveils elder abuse report on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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BENGALURU: HelpAge India a nonprofit organization conducted ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’ on Monday at commissioner office, Infantry Road. The theme for the event was ‘Elder Abuse-The Indian Youth speaks out’.

At the event, HelpAge India released the report on elder abuse occurring in India. According to the report 72% of Indian youths admitted that elder abuse still exists and that maximum abuse was seen amongst relatives.

The findings of the report shows, youth’s perception and elders perception on abuse is different. 59% of the elder admit that son is the abuser while 24% of youth said son is the abuser.

Chandrasekhar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Ramsreepat, Deputy Commisssioner of Police Ms Renuka Murthy, Deputy State head of HelpAge India, also spoke at the gathering. The event sought to shed light among the citizens to impart value systems and culture in children.

Speaking at the press conference Joint Commissioner of Police, Chandrasekhar said, “In my childhood our school books had chapters on revering seniors, but in today’s society the element of reverence towards seniors is missing in books.”

Speaking about the objective about day Renuka said that the NGO aims to bridge the gap between youths and elders and create awareness on elder abuse. “In contemporary society we see children are spending more time on Facebook than with parents. We want youngsters to spend at least one hour with their parents every day,” she added.

The event saw participation from senior citizens of the city. An interactive session with the speakers was held at the end of the event.

– Rahulraj S

II MS Com

The event saw participation from senior citizens of the city. An interactive session with the speakers was held at the end of the event.

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