Raja Sadhu


Whose hands we held in childhood and learned to toddle, walk and race may at times appear unholdable during their twilight years. Though it sounds dark, examples of maltreatment of the elderly is rampant in all parts of the world. Walking down the streets of Vrindavan in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, one may see and hear many stories of shameful existence, pathway from tragedy to violence, humiliation and a burden to the family. Vrindavan, apart from being the abode of the Universal God of Love, Lord Krishna and his sweetheart consort, the divine Radha, also strangely portrays human stories of lack of love of modern era. There are greater than 5000 widows leaving on the streets of Vrindavan, ostracized simply because they lost their husbands. Suddenly, the known people including their own children, becomes unknown and strangers. To top it all, abuse becomes a constant phrase in their lives. The basic dignity and vital role in society is suddenly lost and all the respect becomes evanescent. Surprisingly, these issues are common is all parts of the world, irrespective of developing or developed countries. The unfortunate term of “granny beating” was introduced in a landmark paper published in the British Medical Journal in 1975, introducing the western world to the grave problem of elderly abuse.


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