In a horrific incident of elder abuse, a 76-year-old woman died after she was slapped by her son following an argument between them in Delhi’s Dwarka. A video of the incident that was captured by a CCTV camera has been going viral on social media. In it, the accused can be seen violently slapping the elderly woman who immediately fell to the ground in pain. Taking cognisance of the matter, the National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma took to Twitter to express outrage.
Calling it shameful, Sharma said that she will be taking the case up with Delhi Police.
According to the police, before the incident, there was an argument between the woman and one of her neighbour over parking vehicles. A PCR call was also made by the neighbour, but when the police reached the spot, the complainant told them that the issue was sorted out and she did not want to pursue the matter anymore.
Subsequently, Kaur’s son confronted her about “picking up a fight” with the neighbours. During the ensuing argument between the two, the son slapped his mother on her face, a senior police officer said. The CCTV footage showed that after the dispute over parking of vehicles was sorted, another argument broke out between the deceased, her son Ranbir and his wife.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was declared “brought dead” by the doctors, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Santosh Kumar Meena said. A case has been registered and Ranbir, who is unemployed, has been arrested, the officer added.
With the video of the incident going viral, many on social media have expressed outrage and are calling for the accused to be adequately punished for the death of his mother.
This man slapping his mother is the worst thing ever. Wish this man deserves 1000 tight slaps on both his cheeks from all other mothers. Aise Bacche hone se Acha hai ki Bacche na ho. Badtameez nalayak insaan https://t.co/jkXNvzczzw— ✨ભારત•सर्वोपरि✨ (@rg_see) March 17, 2021
The incident sheds light on the horrific cases of elder abuse in India, where persons above the age of 60 made up 8.5 percent of the per cent of the population in 2016. By 2050, this number is expected to rise to form 20 percent of the population.
(With inputs from PTI)