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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.

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