Violence Against Elder in the Middle South Asia: A Case Study of Pune, India

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 11:00
Oral Presentation
Jagan KARADE, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India
In India, the aged section of the population assumes greater significance since the last few decades. The growths of industry and migration to cities and immigration have deeply affected ingrained values and norms in society. In India, social prescription and codes of conduct have assigned an honored status to aged person.

The 20th century has also witnessed the widespread urbanization in the industrialized countries of Europe, North America and Japan. This trend is gradually spreading to the Third world countries too. The new industrial structure, along with the political and social value system together alters the social structure of society drastically. In the developing countries like India, rapid economic and social changes are eroding traditional status, roles as well as support structures for the old people. Every society and culture attaches different social meanings in different chronological age grades. Despite the myriad changes in the family relationships in urban areas, the Indian family system is still very resilient. There are many changes in intergenerational relationships too.

In this paper the researcher has analyzed 200 aged persons who are living in Pune, Maharashtra. Pune city is marked for its educational facilities, Industry and Information and technology as well as western culture. It is also known for its versatile cultural activities like classical music, spirituality, theatre, sports and literature. These activities and job opportunities attract migrants and students from all over India and abroad.

The Researcher has found that, the number of aged person is increasing. The numbers of people living away due to work and the problems of aging widowhood are also increasing considerably. The home for aged is the last alternative. The adult group faces many problems too, and their needs must also be understood in financial and social terms.