He killed his mother because she refused to leave the house and live at an old-age home. (Representative image) (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)
An unemployed man allegedly battered his 76-year-old-mother to death in west Delhi as she refused to move to a home for the elderly.
The two apparently had a fight over the issue after which the son, Laxman Kumar, bludgeoned her with a brick, strangled her using a mouldable plastic pipe, and then sat beside her body for hours, crying over a crime he “repented” later.
The accused then called the police and surrendered after the incident on April 25.
“He called us and said ‘maine amma ko maar diya’ (I killed my mother),” a Delhi Police official was quoted as saying by an Indian daily.
“He did not wish to keep his mother with him because he was not financially sound. He said he could not afford her,” the official said.
“In his statement, he said he asked her to leave the house several times, but she refused saying, she had nowhere to go. He said he told her to either go to an old-age home or an ashram, or to her other son who lives in Faridabad, but she refused to leave the house, which angered him.”
The officer also said Kumar told his interrogators that he was undergoing treatment for depression.
Kumar’s neighbours said that he often fought with his mother and that they could hear her cries, the police said.
On Tuesday, however, the fight took an ugly turn and Kumar allegedly attacked her with a brick. “He said that was the only option he thought was left to get rid of her,” the officer added.
Elder abuse in India is more widespread than realised. There are about 100 million above 60 years of age in India and the population is expected to grow three times in the next 30 years.
A twelve-city survey conducted by HelpAge India in 2016 found instances of elder abuse are rampant. The elderly, many of whom identified their economic dependence on their children as a reason for the abuse, reported being subject to emotional and physical ill-treatment like beating, shouting, threats, emotional blackmailing and denial of basics like food and medicine.