If you’re a woman living in India, be scared, very scared...

A Thomson Reuters Foundation survey reveals that India is the world’s most dangerous country for women

GN Bureau | June 29, 2018


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If you’re a woman living in India, be scared, very scared...
If you’re a woman living in India, be scared, very scared...

India has been ranked as the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues. 

 
War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the survey, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.
 
The poll was a repeat of a survey in 2011 that found experts saw Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia as the most dangerous countries for women.
 
Experts said India moving to the top of poll showed not enough was being done to tackle the danger women faced, more than five years after the rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi made violence against women a national priority.
 
A total of 548 global experts on women’s issues, 43 of whom are based in India, were asked questions relating to risks faced by women in six areas: healthcare, access to economic resources and discrimination, customary practices, sexual violence, nonsexual violence, and human trafficking.
 
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has however dismissed the perception poll by pointing out that the countries that have been ranked after India have women who are not even allowed to speak in public. 
 
The NCW has also said that that the sample size was too small and could not be representative of the whole country.
 

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