Senior citizens in the city feel unsafe, allege safety measures ‘only on paper’

The incident of robbery at the residence of a Panjab University's former professor, in Sector 44 on December 11 has raised questions on the security of the senior citizens in the city. While the members of the Senior Citizens Association say that people have to be watchful themselves, there are others who feel that not much is being done by the police to handle the situation.

Talking to Newsline, Major D S Sandhu (Retd), a senior citizen and resident of Sector 35 said, "The schemes announced by the police are only on paper. No one really bothers about us. I am living here with my wife alone and not even the beat officers of the police bother to visit our house. It has been five months since we have had a residents' association meeting with our concerned police station officials".

He said that even the helpline which was started by the police is not known to all the senior citizens. "They have made the arrangements, but only on paper. The police is not propagating the idea. Suggestions are taken but not implemented," said Major Sandhu.

In the last one year, the Police Control Room has received 17 calls from senior citizens. Out of these only two were pertaining to a problem related to crime and rest all were asking for blocked water supply and electricity problem. In an incident that happened in Sector 44, Nirmal Dutta, a professor from PU was robbed of Rs 9000 of cash and some jewelery. Nirmal Dutta was living alone in her house as both her daughters are living in foreign lands and her husband passed away some time back.

Police officials say that the victim who is also the complainant is not cooperating with the police. "We asked her to register a case the moment we were informed about the incident on December 11. However, she refused to have a police investigation. Now if she will not cooperate with us, how can we help her?" said the Station House Office, Police Station, Sector 34.

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