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NO COUNTRY FOR WOMEN
Much heartburn was generated by the findings of a survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. It ranked India as the world’s most dangerous country for women, ahead of Afghanistan, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Surveying 548 experts on the indices of healthcare, discrimination, cultural traditions, sexual and non-sexual violence and human trafficking, the respondents were asked to name the five most dangerous countries from the list of 193 United Nations member states. India topped three categories – cultural traditions, sexual violence and human trafficking.
While certain sections wondered how India could fare worse than countries like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, which grant far fewer rights to women, the Ministry of Women and Child Development claimed, “An opinion poll to peg India as the most dangerous country for women is clearly an effort to malign the nation and draw attention away from real improvements seen in recent years.”
The country’s National Commission for Women rejected the findings, maintaining that rape, harassment and other forms of violence against women seem to have increased in India because more cases are being reported.