Which is the most dangerous country in the world for women?

Will women be able to travel to this country and still stay safe? Source: Shutterstock.

A STUDY by Thomson Reuters Foundation has revealed the most dangerous country in the world for women and it’s in Asia.

To be precise, it’s India.

Due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labor, the South Asian country is the most dangerous country for women.

“India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women … rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and harassment, female infanticide has gone unabated,” Karnataka state government official Manjunath Gangadhara said.

“The (world’s) fastest growing economy and leader in space and technology is shamed for violence committed against women.”

War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

Indian women with signs and banners during a rally to remember Jyoti Singh in Kolkata, India. Source: Shutterstock.

The brutal gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh on a bus in Delhi, which saw Singaporean medical specialists racing to save her life, alas in vain, should’ve driven the Indian government to do more to tackle violence against women.

But not enough has been done.

“Government data shows reported cases of crime against women rose by 83 percent between 2007 and 2016 when there were four cases of rape reported every hour,” Thomson Reuters Foundation wrote.

India also topped the list in terms of human trafficking, including sex slavery and domestic servitude, and for customary practices such as forced marriage, stoning, and female infanticide.

How to be vigilant in India

Whether you’ll be traveling to India with a group of girlfriends or going solo, keep these handy dos and don’ts in mind.

  • Make sure your room has a proper lock inside the door.
  • Use the women-only carriage on India’s metro.
  • Ask your hotel to help you book a taxi for transfers.
  • Stay off the streets after dark.
  • Decline alcoholic drinks from strangers.
  • Cover up and dress modestly always.
  • Don’t be too friendly with men who approach you.
  • Always have your smartphone with you and stay connected.

Meanwhile, Asia’s safest places for women solo travelers are Chiang Mai, Thailand; Bali, Indonesia; Hong Kong; Singapore; Kyoto, Japan; Palawan, the Philippines; and Taiwan.