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Loneliness can prove fatal

Monday, February 12, 2018

The death of a senior citizen living all by himself in a posh colaba 4BHK apartment in apathetic condition comes as shock. Life can be cruel at times when even the near and dear ones refuse to look after the elderly and only keep life's connection for monetary gains after death. Farooque Kabali's decomposed body had no takers in a city where pet animals are treated better than human beings. What good is money if you cannot enjoy it with your loved ones, who have time for dogs and cats but no time for somebody responsible for their birth? Mumbai needs old age homes for the poor where the elderly can spend their post retirement years in peace. The Government should earmark construction for such purposes where all facilities from medical to entertainment are provided to the elderly at nominal prices so that it is affordable for all. Inheritance laws too should be changed so that only people who look after the aged become eligible for their properties and money. Else, the money should be transferred to trusts and funds for the welfare of senior citizens!

— S.N. Kabra, Goregaon

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