On the eve of ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’, HelpAge India, an NGO working for the welfare of the aged, released a nationwide report on ‘ Elder Abuse & Crime in India’ at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh. The report was released by the organisation’s Territory Head (Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat), Prakash N Borgaonkar along with Advocate Samruddi Pore. The report, compiled on the basis of a survey conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Bhopal, Chennai, Patna and Hyderabad, showed the maximum elder abuse in Bangalore (44%) and the lowest in Chennai (2%). The Mumbai Police helpline number for senior citizens is 1090 and 1298.
Court quashes FIR against USM
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday quashed an FIR filed on a complaint by the Kamla Raheja Foundation (KRF) alleging cheating by the Upnagar Shikshan Mandal (USM), which runs the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture.
The FIR was lodged pursuant to a statement made by the USM before the Charity Commissioner that no agreement was made to include two nominees of the foundation in its management board. However, KRF filed the criminal complaint alleging that USM had dishonored the agreement made between the two in December 1995, which amounted to cheating. Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice U D Salvi, while hearing the case, said, “The dispute between the USM and the foundation is purely of a civil nature, and is under the jurisdiction of the Charity Commissioner. There is no material, even prima facie, that would justify the registration of such an FIR.”