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Ninety-two-year-old beaten up by family in Mumbai

Apr 07, 2008 11:19 PM IST India India
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Mumbai: Ninety-two-year-old Laxmibai Paleja is scarred physically and mentally. The bruises on her face are a stark reminder of the violence that she has been allegedly subjected to by her daughter-in-law Darshana and grandson Vinay. Laxmibai says she has been constantly harassed by the two since her son died of a paralytic attack in December last year. “My daughter-in-law hit me on my chest and my grandson kicked my face,” an inconsolable Laxmibai said, who lives Darshana and Vinay in Mulund, a Mumbai suburb. After the battering, she was allegedly dumped at her daughter's house who then rushed her to a nearby hospital. “Ever since my father died they had been constantly harassing her, mentally and physically and she was obviously too weak to defend herself,” Laxmibai's daughter Prerna Kapadia said. Laxmibai's worried daughter went to the Mulund police station to register a complaint, but was disappointed when the police registered it as a non-cognisable offense. Mumbai has seen a steady rise in such cases. In this particular case, Laxmibai alleges that she was meted out such harsh treatment because she had already given away her property and so now her family didn’t want to take care of her. However, even if her own family has deserted her, many NGOs have come forward to help Laxmibai.