Senior citizens hold candlelight vigil in New Delhi to draw attention to their rights

The elderly deserves to live a life of dignity and respect. Senior citizens in New Delhi held a candlelight march at Jantar Mantar to demand their rights, respect and dignity!

Friday was World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day. The event was held by the Confederation of Senior Citizens of Delhi (CSCD) in association with voluntary organisation HelpAge India.

Senior citizens raised slogans saying that they want to live in dignity, and that they fear a life of isolation and loneliness.

A senior citizen who participated in the event said that there are thousands of senior citizens in Delhi alone. It is high time that the government takes up issues of elderly seriously. They must be heard and their rights must be implemented!

Most of the times, senior citizens face abuse in the hands of their own children or relatives. Property issues are one of the leading causes for abuse.

An official from Helpage India said that one out of four senior citizens in India faces abuse. It is only going to get worse in years to come of steps are not taken to protect the rights of the elderly.

Recently, a study done across India found that many elderly people across India were victims of abuse in their own homes.

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