In such a society, wherein the younger generations have imbibed the western values of liberated independence and materialistic luxuries, one of the most vulnerable segments of the Indian population happen to be the elderly. Reduced physical and mental fitness, the growing dependency on others are some of the features of the ageing process which bring on a sense of helplessness and isolation of the elderly. To add to this the attitude of neglect, an intolerant and impatient approach on the part of the younger generations, only heightens the loneliness and emptiness felt by the senior citizens.
India was known for its values of respect for, care of and attention towards the elderly. Its value system was acknowledged and respected the world over. But over the last few years the system has crumbled. The values lost ! What is left behind is tradition in shambles! A mockery of the rich Indian heritage! The heart-wrenching stories of Nirbhaya and Gudiya are telling examples of a society which has lost its way in the maze of money, materialism, and most importantly, moral corruption.