DMA asks Delhi Govt to START HELPLINE TO REPORT ELDER ABUSE AND SET UP ELDER ABUSE CELL in Min of Welfare with a Nodal Officer
15-June is observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, this year the theme is “ MOVING FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION-Through a Human Rights Approach”.
According to the report published by HelpAge India Delhi figures amongst the top five cities in prevalence of elder abuse, though the incidence is as high as 32% of this 77% did not report the matter to anyone and only .5% took the support of the Mainatainence and Welfare of Parents and Sr. Citizens Act. All these figures are alarming and reflect lack of awareness of their rights by the elders and an absence of a supportive reporting mechanism.
Dr. Ashwani Goyal President, Delhi Medical Association, called a special meeting on this issue and said that DMA has taken up this issue very seriously amongst it membership, sensitizing them as possible ‘first responders’ against abuse by their patients. Presently the only possible platform for reporting of abuse is to friends/ neighbours or distant relatives. This fortnight edition of the news bulletin carries full information on this issue, compiled by Dr.G.S.Grewal, Hon State Secretary.
DMA calls upon the Govt of Delhi to
1. Call for a meeting of the possible ‘FIRST RESPONDERS’-which may include representatives of the Medical Associations, Community leaders, Office bearers of RWA, MWA, Elder Organisations, this to create awareness, announce the seriousness and commitment of the Govt to address the issue of Elder Abuse
2. Start a HELPLINE for reporting elder abuse
3. Constitute assembly wise community and police teams under Chairmanship of the MLA to create awareness and encourage reporting of abuse