A survey of 550 experts on women’s issue, done by Thomson Reuters Foundation between 26 March to 4 May, claims that India is the most dangerous country for women. India stood 4th in this list in 2011, just below Pakistan.
A Reuters report has said that even after 5 years of Nirbhya case, where a girl was gang gang-raped moving bus, where all countrymen pledged to respect women, the scenario has gotten even worse.
India has ranked as the most dangerous on three issues — the risks women face from sexual violence and harassment, from cultural and traditional practices, and from human trafficking, including forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude.
Pakistan is ranked sixth this year. The US is tenth.
India’s Ministry of Women and Children has maintained silence on the same. Rekha Sharma, the chairperson of the National Commission for Women, although said that she didn’t think the survey was accurate. She said there was “some grey area in this report”, and that the number of people Thomson Reuters spoke to was very small.
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.
– Manjunath Gangadhara, Karnataka government official
The themes of sexual harassment and assault have occupied a prominent place in the national conversation in recent months, particularly after #MeToo movement. Two chilling gang-rape cases were reported in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. The New York Times has said about it “to plumb the depths of human depravity”. Many other Indian cases of physical abuse, rape have also come to light in the past month and years.
Government data show reported cases of crime against women rose by 83 per cent between 2007 and 2016 when there were four cases of rape reported every hour.