Abuse of elder women and widows
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|¨ Across the world, women account for the majority of citizens over 60 and 80.
¨ Economic dependence makes older Indian women, especially widows, vulnerable to humiliation and neglect by their families.
¨ Elder women inIndiaface the tribulations of widowhood in traditional Indian society as well as those of old age in modernizingIndia.
¨ Abandoned, destitute widows, often sexually exploited, have given Vrindavan the dubious distinction of being called ‘City ofWidows.’
¨ Tamil Nadu has the largest number of old people living alone and more than three-fourths of them are women.
|[Sources: HelpAge International, WHO, Agency report]|