After a video of a 85-year-old woman being thrashed by her 60-year-old daughter went viral on social media, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) visited Gurcharan Kaur at her residence in south east Delhi's Kalkaji area on Tuesday to find out the situation they had been living in.
Chairperson Swati Maliwal and other members, who visited the 85-year-old, said there was no food in the house except stale kneaded flour and fungus-ridden slices of bread.
'Shocked' at the incident, Maliwal tweeted saying that she will ensure 'action and protection.'
Shockd. Old lady beaten blue by daughter. Neighbor, small girl confirm regular beatin. Wil ensure protection, action pic.twitter.com/ZNh4op4KTF— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) May 24, 2016
Called ADM Senior Citizen Tribunal to record statement. Working with SHO to assess legal action to be taken as old lady doesn't want action.— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) May 24, 2016
DCW ensuring protection and maintenance of old lady through ADM Senior Citizen Tribunal Court, which has been called on spot by DCW.— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) May 24, 2016
“Gurcharan Kaur’s daughter has regularly been beating her up…. The Commission also observed that there was no food in the kitchen. It only had some stale flour and few fungus-laden bread slices,” a DCW official said.
Maliwal wrote to the chairman of the Tribunal for Senior Citizens recommending protection and adequate maintenance to the octogenarian lady. In her letter to M K Dwivedi, Additional District Magistrate (south east) and also the Chairman of the Tribunal for Senior Citizens, she also recommended that the daughter be given rare, restricted and supervised entry into the woman's building.
The Commission also observed that there was no food in the kitchen. It only had some stale flour and few fungus-laden bread slices.
The DCW chief also wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, urging him to take suitable penal action against the daughter and ensure protection of the elderly woman.
"In the present circumstance, the Commission recommends immediate provision of protection and adequate maintenance to the senior citizen," Maliwal said.
"It is also recommended that the daughter who has been shown beating up the old lady in the video should be given rare, restricted and supervised entrance to the building. Since, the building is owned by the old lady it is recommended that the rent money should be deposited in her account and a caretaker be immediately appointed to look after her," she said in her letter.
The DCW chief also urged the Delhi Police Commissioner to provide the Commission with the names and address of the children of the old lady to carry out its proceedings. She also asked him to ensure preventive measures against entry of the daughter into the building where the woman resides.
The 85-year-old woman has four daughters and one son.
Trying to trace children of old lady. How can boy in London leave her. Neighbor told one girl took away her pension, other her rent. Shame— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) May 24, 2016
During Maliwal's visit to her residence, the old woman told the DCW chief how she was beaten by her daughter severely a month ago which led to injuries in her right arm.
"...Recommended that the daughter who has been shown beating up the old lady in the video should be given rare, restricted and supervised entrance to the building."
The Commission also interacted with the neighbours, including those who prepared the video that showed the octogenarian getting beaten up. Two women, who live in the adjacent building, told the DCW team that the daughter beats the old lady and takes away the entire rent money and refuses to give her mother any maintenance.
Just reached home. DCW counselor staying with old lady. Will ensure proper maintenance, protection. Will summon daughter to explain action.— SwatiMaliwal JaiHind (@SwatiJaiHind) May 24, 2016
(With inputs from PTI)
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