In Puna India, calls reporting crime and abuse of senior citizens have gone up to 20% of the total calls in 2011,  compared with 14% in 2007. This is a considerable rise in the reporting of cases of abuse and crime against the elderly in the city. According to Jyoti Pund, a police spokesperson,  “in 2011, there were a total of 380 calls reporting elder abuse and crime. Crime and abuse include harassment at the hands of children, not being cared for, physical and verbal abuse from relatives and children, cheating, robbery, and attacks.”  According to Mr. Pund, the police intervene by providing counseling  and if the problem persists, a police complaint is lodged.

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