Thursday, July 19, 2007

Can This Happen To Us?

Granny Found in Garbage
Thursday Jul 19 17:44 AEST

An Indian couple found an unwell 75-year-old woman lying on a garbage dump, apparently thrown out of her home by her daughter and grandsons who did not want to take care of her, the Hindustan Times reported.

"She never complained about her family's behaviour, only rued the fact that she couldn't move without help," Mohanasundari, one of the rescuers, said.

The "semi-paralysed" Palaniappan told her rescuers her youngest daughter had quarrelled with other family members over who should take care of her. The daughter then got her sons to take their grandmother to the dump in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Sons and daughters have traditionally looked after their elderly parents but sociologists say that the pressures of modern life are seeing more elderly people abandoned by their children or sent to old-age homes.

Politicians expressed outrage over Palaniappan's fate and said they would ask officials to take action against the family. "I have asked the collector (a local official) to take care of the old lady, and take legal action against the children," state Social Welfare Minister Poongothai, who like many in Tamil Nadu goes by one name, was quoted as saying.



Pilar Villegas Cuevas said...

I know it will not happen to us. We Pilipinos love our elders. We show our love and care to our children and in return I know they will not abandon us.

ErnestoDR said...

In general, I think it would not happen to us.
One of our most cherished traditions as Filipinos is our family solidarity. Here are some factors that keep Filipino families together: a) the feeling on the part of all members that they belong preeminently to the family group and that all other persons are outsiders; b) complete integration of individual activities for the achievement of family activities; c) the assumption that land, money, etc. are family property, involving the obligation to support individual family members and aid them in times of need; and d) the willingness of all other members to rally to the support of another member if attacked by outsiders .
In times of struggles and unpredicted crisis, support of our family is our stronghold.
No, this event could hardly happen to us!