According to some studies, the prevalence of elder abuse in India ranges from 9.6 to 61.7 per cent among states, while actual estimates may be significantly higher
Wishes and Blessings organised a street show on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day last week. The aim of this show was to create awareness about elder abuse and promote respect and dignity for people in their twilight phase, the organisation said in a statement.
According to some studies, the prevalence of elder abuse in India ranges from 9.6 to 61.7 per cent among states, while actual estimates may be significantly higher. It is estimated that just one out of every twenty-four incidences of elder abuse in the country is reported.
Wishes and Blessings said that the show was meant to correct the perception of the audience towards these old people in and outside the family. The thought-provoking plots and meaningful dialogues have spellbound the audience throughout the play.
“We believe in the power of art and theatre to create awareness and inspire social change,” said Dr Geetanjali Chopra, founder and president of Wishes and Blessing.
“Through this Nukkad Natak, we want to educate the public about the prevalence of elder abuse and empower victims by taking action against it. Our ultimate goal is to foster a society that values and cherishes the contributions of our elders,” Chopra added.
A lack of formal education has been linked to an increased likelihood of elderly abuse. This is especially crucial in India, where education levels among senior Indians are extremely poor, it is estimated that 73 per cent of Indians over the age of 60 are illiterate.