As increasing violence gets reported in God’s Own Country, the cases of sexual abuse of elderly women have raised many eyebrows. According to a report, the shocking paper on the sexual abuse of elderly women presented by Kozhikode South MLA M.K. Muneer in the Kerala Assembly reveals that the sexual harassment against elderly women at houses and old age homes are increasing in Kerala.
The report included many cases of old women being sexually harassed by family members, relatives, neighbours and strangers. Most of the cases do not see the light of day as many of these women don’t have the courage to speak up. Human Rights officials are of the opinion that elderly women are too concerned about society and therefore keep their quiet fearing the reaction of the public if they reveal such incidents. They also say that elderly women at various old age homes who are being harassed are sedated with high doses of medicines and therefore are even unaware of the fact.
When asked about the reason behind such an approach towards elderly women, Shimmy Rosy, a psychologist says, “It is a known fact that neither the older generation has a mind to adjust with the young generation and neither the younger generation is fond of them. There was a time when elder people were the ones who kept the family together and made every member of the family aware about good and bad. However, as time changed no one is interested in listening to their old thinking and therefore are most of the times neglected by their own children, when children don’t respect them how will grandchildren do. This is the reason why elderly people in society are becoming vulnerable to such grave atrocities.”