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No rest for the elderly in India

 IPS 07 April 2019

Recent research by HelpAge India reveals that every second elderly person in India – defined as someone above 60 years of age – suffers abuse within their own family. According to sociologists, neglect of senior citizens – once revered and idolized in Indian society – is largely attributable to the changing social landscape in Asia’s third largest economy, currently home to over 100 million elderly people. A common reason for the abuse is elderly family members’ economic dependence on their progeny. IPS reports. (1193 Words) - By Neeta Lal

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India is currently home to over 100 million elderly people.Photo: Neeta Lal/IPS

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Despite India's rapid economic growth, the majority of older Indians remain poor. Less than 11 percent have a pension of any sort, and many continue to work in old age.Photo: Neeta Lal/IPS


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