According to a poll of global experts released on Tuesday, India is the world’s most dangerous country for a woman due to the high risk of sexual violence & being forced into slave labor.
Afganistan and Syria ranked second & third in the Thomason Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabis.
United States (US) was the only western nation in the top 10, which ranked joint third when respondents were asked where a woman was the most risk of sexual violence, harassment and being coerced into sex.
Experts said that India moving to the top of the poll showed not enough was being done to tackle the danger women faced, more than 5 years after the rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi made violence against women a national priority.
Manjunath Gangadhara, a Karnataka government official said,”India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women…rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and harassment, female infanticide has gone unabated.”
“The (world’s) fastest growing economy and leader in space and technology is shamed for violence committed against women.”
According to data from government, which shows reported cases of crime against women rose by 83% between 2007 and 2016, when there were 4 cases of rape reported every hour.
Respondents were asked that which 5 of the 193 Unites Nations member states they thought were most dangerous for women & which country was worst in terms of healthcare, economic resources, culture or traditional practices, sexual violence and harassment, non-sexual violence and human trafficking. Thet also ranked India the most dangerous country for women.
India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development declined to comment on the survey results.