Makes me wonder how safe India is for individual female travellers.
#1 alfredm has been a member since 6/1/2013. Posts: 11
I have a number of Indian friends from the dance scene. According to them India is not a safe society for women period - travellers or otherwise.
#2 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
The sad part about this is the attitude of some Indians when you bring this up on a public forum, they attack you and point to the rapes in your own country? They live in a bubble, even denying "eve teasing" exists. There view of western women is another story all together.
I spent three months in India in 1993, and the first week or so I travelled with three blond German girls who had already been there for some time already. I'll never forget the day we pulled into a train station and after a couple of minutes the girls started cracking up and taking pics. I looked over to see a guy standing on the platform, in front of their window, looking at them and masturbating.
To be fair I was a pretty green traveller at the time, but I.will.never.forget.it. The girls said it happened regularly and by the stage I met up with them they said they had a whole collection of pics of "Indian willies" as they called them (luckily this was before digi cameras, so I wasn't shown the pics) -- not that I needed to as there was a guy beating off right in front of me.
Nobody interfered with the guy. There were plenty of men (and women) standing on the platform who could have intervened. Nobody did. The guy wasn't (at least obviously) deranged, though you gotta wonder.
The girls were quite ambivalent about it, but when that kinda of behaviour is seen as either acceptable or at least warrants a blind eye, it's not a stretch to see tragedies like the above unfolding.
Female travellers I met in India routinely complained about groping on buses and so on and I imagine it easily escalates depending on the situation.
Despite this India remains a very popular place for solo women travellers -- something I find it difficult to reconcile really.
Wow, what a story, if you ever posted this in the India group on CS you'd be bombarded with hate messages -lol. I spent 3 months in India and believe me after India, SEA is a walk in the park. Indian men are also notorious for contacting female users on CS and offering to show them around and inviting them to their country, most of the time their intentions are quite obvious.
The SMH has another piece on this topic today, stating "Why India isn't safe for women travellers"
The author finishes with:
"Amid all the politics, it is important to think of the women not only in India but around the world who instantly thought: "What if that were me?" I reasoned that, at any time in India, it very easily could have been."
As has already been pointed out, this isn't a new development in India, but I think that final paragraph will resonate with many.
Sorry to keep bouncing this up, but the SMH (which ran the piece in my previous post) has today run a counterpoint which contains a lot of solid advice -- not just for India -- not just for men really -- to keep safe while travelling. Why women travellers should not avoid India
"The single most important thing to pack, however, is confidence. Walk purposefully, look as if you know what you're doing, and be ready to call out bad behaviour, and you'll find the worst of it passes you by."
I dont know the exact number, but I guess the number of rapes per 100.000 people in India is below that of most countries.
I visited India last year with my sister, and we felt safe all the time. Maybe we were just lucky, but I rather think not.
#9 kaercher has been a member since 26/9/2009. Posts: 14
Here is another perspective from a female traveller.
After reading this article I'll better find some male-friend for my journey...
#11 Warte has been a member since 25/3/2013. Posts: 1
Some male friends with guns...
#12 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
A few years ago I was in Delhi I was 60 years of age. Two youngish American girls approached me in the hotel where I was staying. They asked if I would go out and see the sights with them and later do dinner. I thought it was because of my boyish good looks and charming demeanour. I was so wrong, they had been harassed by men and needed a male companion to deflect the unwanted attention.
While in Agra Fort an Indian male was staring at the Western females and masturbating openly through his trousers. I pointed this out to a security person, he responded by saying he is harmless and does it all the time.
I love India but they have to change the attitudes towards women.
#13 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
As an Indian I will suggest India is safe for tourism. But some kind of disgusting & @#&% peoples are responsible for that. ****! Everyday huge numbers of tourist comes from abroad to visit India and they don't face any problem.
Exception is Exceptional!!
"I love India but they have to change the attitudes towards women."
No they don't. Who's going to make them?
#15 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Womenâ€™s rights groups claim crimes against tourists are far more likely to be investigated than those against Indian women and girls, who face being publicly shamed and ostracised if they try to report an attack.
#16 Rupali has been a member since 19/2/2014. Posts: 8
Indian government provide full security to foreigners.
Sorry, but NO government can achieve that. They may say it, and may even foolishly believe it, but there is no way they can promise this. Shouldn't they provide security for their own people as well?
This type of this keep happening in India but i feel it is due to some anti social elements and the entire country should not be judged upom it,
#18 brucewayne1411 has been a member since 23/5/2014. Posts: 19
There are number of incidents has taken place every year in various parts of India. We should aware everyone about this.
#19 tinaroy8989 has been a member since 27/10/2015. Posts: 8