I’m proud of the beauty and ancient culture of our country, India. I’m not proud of the fact that in a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, India has been described as the most dangerous country in the world for women. In 2011, when a similar poll was last conducted, India ranked 4th, behind Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Pakistan.
The World’s Five Most Dangerous Countries For Women:
Ranking in 2011: Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan, India, Somalia
Ranking in 2018: India, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia
Between 26th March and 04th May, the Thomson Reuters Foundation surveyed 548 experts on women’s issues around the world, including academics, health workers, policy-makers and non-governmental organisation activists.
Respondents were asked to consider the following criteria: health care, cultural traditions, discrimination, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking. And India came in as the worst of half of them.
India’s National Commission for Women chairperson, Rekha Sharma, did not accept the ranking; according to her, the sample size was too small.
According to the survey, reported cases of crimes against women rose 83% between 2007 and 2016, with 4 cases of rape every hour.
As this article points out, “India barely fares better in other studies that rank its treatment of women. It placed 131st of 152 countries in the Georgetown Institute’s global ranking of women’s inclusion and well-being.
India’s National Crime Records Bureau reported 338,954 crimes against women – including 38,947 rapes – in 2016, the most recent government data available. That’s up from 309,546 reported incidents of violence against women in 2013. High-profile attacks on Indian women have shocked this nation, of 1.3 billion, in recent years.”
In 2012, the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi who died from her injuries caused public outrage. The incident helped amend India’s criminal law, which intensified the definition of sexual offences against women, including stalking, and acid attacks.
The study sparked a political debate when India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi was criticised for tweeting that the prime minister “tiptoes around his garden making yoga videos“ in reference to Modi’s fitness video, in June this year – “India leads Afghanistan, Syria” What a shame for our country Saudi Arabia in rape and violence against women! “
While our PM tiptoes around his garden making Yoga videos, India leads Afghanistan, Syria & Saudi Arabia in rape & violence against women. What a shame for our country! https://t.co/Ba8ZiwC0ad
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 26, 2018
His supporters quickly forget Narendra Modi’s old tweet, commenting on the final version of the poll, dismissing the fact that India was fourth in 2011.
India is considered 4th most dangerous for women. When will she feel safe & symbol of positivity?
— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) October 2, 2013
NDTV journalist Nidhi Razdan tweeted, “Moral of the story: Ranking is not the issue here, they are absurd. The issue is safety of women has been an issue under both governments for years.”
So the same report which is being trashed by so called nationalists was earlier see. as a shame on the UPA. Moral of the story: the rankings are not the issue here, they’re absurd. The issue is safety of women which has been an issue for years under both govts https://t.co/ulRkefwMQT
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) June 27, 2018
But this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued an executive order, allowing the death penalty to a convict of sexually assaulting a child under 12 years of age.
But strict laws apparently cost little, to save 34 girls from atrocities, and rapes, in the state of Bihar, India, earlier this year.
This is the dark side of India. The country can now be known for its startup and space program, in addition to its growing consumer economy that everyone wants a piece of. But for millions of women or nearly half the population, safety and respect is a distant dream.