Abuse Against Elderly in India
The main objectives of the study are: to know the causes and consequences for the abuse, to examine perception and the level of awareness about the rights of elderly and to suggest the strategies to prevent violence against elderly. The study is conducted in Belgaum (Belagavi) city of Karnataka state, India. The empirical data were collected by 200 respondents through interview. A simple descriptive statistical method is applied to analyze the data. The study concludes that majority of the elders irrespective of their financial and social status is abused by their family members. Older women were more affected and prone to suffer from abuse due to gender discrimination, poor financial condition, longer life span of widowhood and social norms. The study emphasises the need to create awareness about the rights of elderly and to ensure implementation of policies pertaining the protection of old persons.