Effect of Crime on the Wellbeing of the Elderly: A Content Analysis Study of Indian Elderly

avanish bhai patel

Abstract


The cases of crimes against the elderly are rising fast in India. Today, they are facing problems such as cheating, robbery, theft, mistreatment and murder. The paper analyses the different variables such as sex of victim, crime rate of an area and crime scene through content analysis and paper also examines victim-offender relationship through news items and other studies. These news items have been collected relating to crimes against the elderly from March 2012 to July 2012 (Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran –Hindi language news papers, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Edition). The findings have shown that a number of elderly have been murdered and victimised due to property. Finally, the paper critically analyses the provisions initiated by the State for safety and security of the elderly. Study found that government has started “elderly helpline” in which elderly may register their problems. Government has also initiated “neighbourhood watch progamme” in collaboration with NGOs.

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International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory | ISSN : 1916-2782