mid-day editorial: Seniors, don't cop out of ensuring your safety

Feb 12, 2018, 06:09 IST | mid-day correspondent

A 65-year-old resident of a plush society in Colaba, whose decomposed body was found in his four BHK flat had steadfastly refused to allow the local police to check on him, according to a report in this paper

A 65-year-old resident of a plush society in Colaba, whose decomposed body was found in his four BHK flat had steadfastly refused to allow the local police to check on him, according to a report in this paper. The readymade garments businessman had been living alone for the past 10 years and had distanced himself from his family. He was divorced from his wife, and his two sons lived abroad.

According to the report, the police would do their duty by trying to check on him. The local cops were entrusted with the task of talking to senior citizens in the area and checking if they were fine. But, the late gentleman rebuffed them at every instance. Whatever the truth, it is important for senior citizens to co-operate with the cops when they are checking on them.

It is great that they are physically and mentally independent. This though goes beyond dependency or frailty. This issue is about safety of residents, especially old persons who are seen as a vulnerable section and have been increasingly targeted, especially of late. They have become targets not just of outsiders but within homes too, of their relatives.

Senior citizens need to go some way in helping themselves. They have to at least respond to the police, who are checking on them. Document who works for them - servants or caretakers - and file their reports with the local police. Keep their contact numbers or those of their children, who may be away, for the cops, so that there is easy access in case it is needed.

Not just senior citizens, but their neighbours should also meet the local police halfway in ensuring their own safety and security. Remember, the cops are here to safeguard you, but first, you need to safeguard yourself.

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