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Understanding travel related risks for solo female in India
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Feb 14, 2018

Alphons Kannanthanam, the incumbent minister of tourism for India, recently stated, according to the Guardian (2018), female tourists should wear skirts or short dresses in India nor should they walk alone at night in the country’s small towns and cities as a self- security and safety. Moreover, all travelers are handed a gift bag that has the “dos and don’ts” of how to move around in any city of India. The points are not something to be seriously concerned upon, however, due large populations crimes are the main nuisance that the city faces.

The issuance of the safety guidelines by the tourism minister was to address the sexual assaults issue that several travelling women face in India the media took attention to this when a particularly high- profile case of the gang- rape and brutal murder of a Delhi’s medical student in 2012 and numerous subsequent sexual harassment and attacks on female tourists that venture on the Indian streets.

The India’s National Crimes statistics indicate that daily of 92 rape cases are reported, of which most are of the rural regions. ActionAid UK (United Kingdom) did a survey on how much safe are women in India and it is discovered, according to their statistics (2018), that nearly four out of five women have experienced some form of harassment or violence in the public. These statistics amounts to almost 80 percent of the working and studying women in India between 18 and 25. These statistics, moreover, can be projected upon the female tourists as well, as it was experienced by several women reporting such cases, namely; the kidnapping of Japanese woman who was sexually assaulted in 2014 in Bihar. Similarly, the gang- rape by the group of men of the Israeli woman in the Himalayan resort town of Manali that caused a lot of stir in July of 2016. The most famous among such incidents was the rape and murder of a British teenager in Goa in 2008. These were some of the reported cases that took a lot of news coverage in the international media and newspapers.

Even though cases have been reported, the overall tragic incidents of such degree are relatively rare for foreign tourists. The latest tourism data available for the view that has official transcription is available in the official tourism site of the Indian government, and in most cases, the arrivals are women. In the report by the Control Risks (2018), a swiss based global consulting agency that issued their briefing after an incident of the mentioned sexual assault on the swiss citizen, in which they concluded that such incidents, although tragic, remain relatively rare for the tourists in India. Moreover, de to the large media coverage of such incidents, the government had taken strict measures and increased awareness of the problems and thus, changed accordingly for giving more safety and security for the tourists, especially female solo female travelers who are thinking of travelling to India for their next destination.


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Description Alphons Kannanthanam, the incumbent minister of tourism for India, recently stated, according to the Guardian (2018), female tourists should wear skirts or short dresses in India nor should they walk alone at night in the country’s small towns and cities as a self- security and safety. Moreover, all travelers are handed a gift bag that has the “dos and don’ts” of how to move around in any city of India. The points are not something to be seriously concerned upon, however, due large populations crimes are the main nuisance that the city faces.
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