Chandigarh: Amid challenges of sundown years, senior residents hope for a safer society


Whilst World Senior Citizen’s Day was celebrated on August 21, aged individuals in Chandigarh really feel that society as a complete and their households should make them really feel safer as instances of crime in opposition to seniors have been continually rising.

“Seniors who dwell alone are the softest targets for criminals. After they get calls from scammers, they have an inclination to have longer conversations and fall prey to their schemes,” stated RK Garg, president of the Second Innings Affiliation.

“Police had been very useful for seniors in the course of the pandemic. However, officers must be additional sensitised on take care of seniors, as a lot of them nonetheless don’t like going to police to register complaints. Video calling must be explored as an possibility by the authorities to work together with seniors who’re too sick for routine visits to the police, or to get their work performed on the administration and municipal company (MC) workplaces,” he added.

Garg stated cyber literacy for seniors was necessary and authorities may contribute by holding talks for senior residents on staying safe on-line.

Senior vice-president of Trendy Housing Advanced (MHC) Senior Citizen Welfare Affiliation, SC Luthra, 84, believes it is necessary for seniors who dwell alone or solely with their accomplice to have a assist group to make them really feel protected.

“Our affiliation makes it some extent to carry month-to-month capabilities for seniors to rejoice their birthdays. We organise musical occasions and in addition different capabilities. It is very important take care of the psychological well being of seniors who dwell alone,” he stated.

There are additionally many incidents wherein seniors can get into disputes with their kids over points like property.

President of the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Affiliation (CSCA) Satnam Singh Randhawa stated that they’ve handled round three such instances within the final 4 months. “We attempt to counsel seniors and their kids who method us over property disputes. Many occasions, we handle to resolve the matter and if we will’t, the case is referred to the UT administration,” he stated.

Whereas the police have revamped the beat system, seniors insist that it may be improved and police should go to those that dwell alone no less than as soon as a month.


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