Kathmandu, January 22
Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, has claimed that it rescued and rehabilitated 150 homeless elderly people living in the streets in Kathmandu.
The MPR had started rescuing homeless elderly people since the first week of January. Police began the rescue campaign after it was reported that at least one elderly person was dying of cold on an average after the start of winter.
The elderly people rescued by the cops were sent to Manab Sewa Ashram, an elderly home which has been providing shelter to hundreds of elderly people across the country for the last six years. MSA had earlier helped Pashupati Area Development Trust rehabilitate more than 135 beggars living in the Pashupati area.
MPR Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Hobindra Bogati said that they had distributed cash, blankets, food items and other stuff to the old age home. He said, “More helping hands are joining our campaign. If this continues, we hope to make the streets of Kathmandu free of elderly people within a few months.”
Kathmandu Metropolitan City had earlier promised to construct a building for MSA after the latter started helping police rehabilitate the elderly people.
Police had identified 128 such homeless elderly people living across Kathmandu before initiating the rescue operation. Homeless elderly people are largely found in temple areas like Pashupati and Swoyambhu.
A version of this article appears in print on January 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.