Here, I am talking about myself and I call myself a coward.
It was early morning, just before dawn, a few days back, when I was witness to a senior citizen being hit and abused by a young boy. I feel guilty and am ashamed of myself, because I did not do anything about this incident that happened in front of my very own eyes.
They say, you should walk the talk and I believe I failed!!!!
I do not understand, what stopped me from helping this stranger from being beaten and abused. Was I scared that if I help this man, I would be attacked? Was I waiting for other people on the streets to save the senior citizen? Was I afraid, that if I made an official complaint, I would have to spend a lot of time in the aftermath interrogation?
If I made a mistake (which I do not want to repeat next time), I urge the people out there to take action when an incident like this takes place in front of you. I know, it is tough and it is easier said than done. But please do not just stand there and look at a tamasha because you will linger in guilt for the rest of your lives.
Probably, I can make people aware about the rights of senior citizens through radio and through my blog, but the remorse of not doing anything, will always remain throughout my life.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – as said by Elie Wiesel
Lastly, a message to the youth and the kids of today. Please respect the senior citizens of your society and the world. Do not let your anger and frustration wipe away the principles, ethics and values that you are brought up with.
Rights of Senior citizen in India
A website for senior citizens
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You Take care and God Bless!