72 year old man left to fend for himself by his overseas children in Delhi

Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 28 2018

In a shocking incident children neglecting their father in old age has come to fore from Delhi’s Dishad Garden area.

A 72-year-old man, according to the report published in The Indian Express was found in a neglected condition, with an infection in his foot in Dilshad Garden area on Tuesday.

Police,  as per the report, said he hadn’t eaten in days, and was severely dehydrated.

“He was rescued when local residents noticed a foul smell, after which police were called. Police identified the man as Amarjeet, reportedly a retired government official with children who stay in Canada. They said he appeared to have a maggot infection on the foot, and was crying and disoriented when police found him,” the report said.

Amarjeet has been handed over to a local NGO which will now rehabilitate him, police said, mentioned the report.

“The man was living off food ration handed over to him by a relative, who also appeared to have stopped visiting him of late. Amarjeet was living in a single room, where he would lock himself when he wasn’t expecting visitors,” the report said.

Police were alerted about the incident on Saturday evening, when a foul smell started emanating from his house, the report said.

“We hardly spoke to the man. Some of his family members would look after him. He hardly left the house. Some people from the locality called police when a stench started to spread… People initially thought he must have died,” the report quoted her neighbor Ritu, as having said.

“He had a wound in his foot and it appeared to be rotting. He was parched and emaciated. We had to convince him to leave with us,” the report quoted a police officer as having said.

Amarjeet as per the report has been living on a pension of Rs 2,500. His wife died a few years ago and his children left for Canada. “He has been living inside his one-room house for some years, and had rented out some of the rooms in the building to a local for Rs 4,000,” the report quoted police officer as having said.

Locals claimed they never saw his children, but would notice a woman come every once in a while, the report mentioned.( Indian Express )