Hyderabad: The crime rate against senior citizens has increased by 565.5 per cent in Hyderabad in 2019, when compared to 2018, according to the National Crime Bureau Record data of 2019. The number of cases has increased drastically by 193 in 2019 while it was only 29 cases of crime against the senior citizens in 2018.

In January 2020, Rachakonda police in Hyderabad busted an illegal psychiatric rehabilitation centre operating as an ‘old age home’ and rescued more than 70 senior citizens, many of whom were mentally ill. Mamatha Old Age Home in Nagaram lodged 73 inmates in a 2-BHK in a very inhumane condition, without sufficient beds and toilets. Some of them were even tied with chains in the Home.

As many as 72, the highest number of cheating cases, have been registered for crime against senior citizens followed by criminal trespass (40) and forgery (20).

The highest number of cases of crime against senior citizens in the metropolitan area has been reported in Mumbai (1,231) followed by Delhi (1,076) and Ahmedabad (794).

In Telangana, 1,523 cases of crime against senior citizens have been reported which is an increase of 43.4 per cent. In 2018, in state 1062 cases of crime against The highest cases of cheating(240) have been reported.

In Andhra Pradesh, 2,430 cases of crime have been reported against senior citizens, which is a rise of 45 per cent in the state. In 2018, 1,673 cases of crime against senior citizens have been reported in the state.

In India, crime against senior citizens has increased by 13.7 per cent. In 2019, a total of 27,696 cases of crime against senior citizens have been reported while in 2018, a total of 24,349 cases have been reported in the country.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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