86% of senior citizens unaware of human rights

86% of senior citizens unaware of human rights

NEW DELHI: Human rights of the elderly people are increasingly being violated because of the “popularity of nuclear and small families, lack of intergenerational interaction, and non-existence of an inclusive social security system".

This has been the finding of a study conducted by Agewell Foundation on 5,000 seniorcitizens across India. The study report was released on Sunday on the occasion of International Human Rights Day.

The report also mentions that almost 86% of senior citizens are unaware of their human rights and only 68.8% have access to necessary medicines and healthcare. The situation is worse in urban areas because of the “popularity of nuclear and small families, lack of intergenerational interaction, and non-existence of an inclusive social security system".

Over 23% of such people were found to be living in inhuman conditions while nearly 13% revealed that they don’t get proper food necessary in their age. Nearly half of those surveyed (47.4%) said they thought their advanced age was the reason for their discrimination and humiliation.

Those aged between 60-70 “are more aggressive towards the protection of their human rights", but due to faster population growth and increasing gap between generations, it’s always a struggle for them.

– Published by Times of India

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