‘They locked me in a room, for 8 days, with no food’
Senior citizens land up at NGO with their horror stories In a heartbreaking development, two women, including an octogenarian, were forced to take shelter at Sandhya Suraksha, a not-for-profit for helpless elderly woman. While one of the women was physically abused and beaten up by her alcoholic son, the 80-year-old widow was emotionally abused by her daughter and son-in-law, who had locked kept her under house arrest for over eight days. Lakshmi (name changed), used to work as a housekeeping staff in offices during her youth and had gone to live with her daughter and son-in-law in Banaswadi, after her husband died 25 years ago. Other than using filthy language, the couple went to the extent of locking her in a room, forcing her to sit inside the room without moving. She said, “After my husband’s death, I went to my son and daughter-in-law. For the last 10 years I had been living with my daughter and son-in-law. There was no problem in the beginning, but as time passed by we started fighting. They started abusing me, used filthy language, and asked me to sit quietly at one place all day. They locked me in a room 15 days ago, for 8 days, with no food. On June 3, they unlocked the door and I pushed them and escaped. I reached a nearby temple and after walking for a while, I met a man, who gave me food and contacted the Elder’s helpline.” In another case, a 48-year-old lady, Chandana (name changed) was found shivering near Madiwala checkpost with bruises all over her body and her clothes torn. An NGO worker learnt that she was physically assaulted and abused by her 28-year-old alcoholic son and decided to seek help. Chandana was brought to Sandhya Suraksha for shelter and after a couple of counselling sessions she revealed that her son had started drinking from mid-December and started harassing her since then. She said, “After my mother’s death, my only family was my son but he came into bad company, started drinking and harassing me. Under the influence of alcohol, he would recall what had happened with his sister and how we couldn’t do anything about it back then.” She further said, “My son and daughter shared a good bond. She was killed by her in-laws and he has not forgiven himself for it.” She still awaits the return of her son and hopes that he will change himself for the better.