World Elder Abuse Awareness Day DLSA Samba hosts online interactive session involving stakeholders

SAMBA, JUNE 15: For generating awareness in favour of the elder citizens and mark observance of “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”, District Legal Service Authority Samba today took the initiative of expanding its activities outreach through virtual mode.
In this direction, an online awareness programme was organized under the guidance of Mohammad Akram Chowdhary, Chairman DLSA (Principal District & Sessions Judge Samba) and under the supervision of Swati Gupta, Secretary DLSA Samba.
On the occasion, a live interactive Panel discussion and awareness session was organized involving Judicial Officers, Panel Lawyers, Para Legal Volunteers, Members of Child Welfare Committee Samba, JJB and Senior Citizens who joined the programme on virtual mode.
The topics of deliberations were “Elder Abuse” and “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act”. The opening remarks of the programme were presented by Mohd. Akram Chowdhary, Chairman DLSA, Samba who emphasized on the concept of ensuring the dignity of the Senior Citizens in the society and giving them due care and respect which they deserve. He also abhorred the instances of elder abuse in the society particularly in the present COVID era.
Swati Gupta Secretary DLSA, Samba highlighted the various types of elder abuse prevalent in the society and stressed upon the need and importance of taking care of the physical , medical and psychological needs of the ageing and the aged persons during the present time when there are negligible social interactions .
Pooja Raina, Munsiff also joined the deliberations and enlightened the participants on the concept while lauding the role of Legal Services Authority in the cause.
Ajay Gupta, Retainer Advocate discussed the nuances of the “Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act” and discussed the various aspects of financial security of the Senior Citizens through the maintenance provision.
On the occasion, all the participants unanimously affirmed to have a zero tolerance policy towards instances of elder abuse in the society and undertook to disseminate the message through community outreach for the purpose of ensuring that the Senior Citizens are treated with respect and dignity.