Our elderly are not safe. Period. The latest figures from the city’s crime chart put the number of senior citizens murdered last year at 17, up from the 11 registered in 2010. Thirteen such cases were registered in 2009.
What is more worrying is that 13 of them were killed by family member(s) or known person(s).
Region-wise data of the attacks on senior citizens reveal that the western suburbs lodged eight cases of murder whereas the central and east regions registered seven. Only one senior citizen was killed in South Mumbai. The police solved 16 of the cases, barring a murder at Vile Parle.
Besides, the police received fewer calls of murders of senior citizens —24,863 — as compared to the 26,567 — the maximum to date — in 2010. But 2011, managed to pip 2008, which saw just 18,300 calls being made.
Joint commissioner of police Himanshu Roy, during the annual press briefing, said, “The number of cases has increased this year, but in the 90% of cases, we found that the senior citizens were killed by their family member or domestic helps or some known person.”
The overall murder rate, though, has fallen. In 2011, 202 murder cases were registered, of which the police solved 185. A year before that, 227 cases were filed and the police cracked 207 of them. The murder rate has been falling for the last five years, with a parallel increase in the detection rate.