India is the most dangerous country in the world for women

According to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll, India ranks as the most dangerous country in the world for women, followed by Afghanistan and Syria. 

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May 4, 2022 3:18 am

Damn. As an Indian guy, stuff like this gives me second hand embarrassment. I apologize on behalf of Indians and my country. Not that these guys who think it’s ok to rape women without consequence are thinking, but I don’t think they realize how much it affects regular Indians around the world. When news broke about the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder, the brutal assault was shocking. The protests and condemnation was filled with anger, not only directed at the perpetrators but also the government for failing to provide security for women. As horrible as it was, I thought the outcry was so severe that things couldn’t possibly get worse. But just a few days later ANOTHER rape case hit the headlines, followed by another and another.

India’s National Crime Record Bureau reports 24,923 rape cases in 2021. Nirbhaya’s was just one of them. Now get this. Despite the massive outcry, rape cases INCREASED since then. It’s so cringe it hurts. I wish I could tell these idiots that you’re ruining your own lives and those of your victims, but you’re also tarnishing the reputation of Indians worldwide. Because of how bad rape is in India, as an Indian living abroad I sometimes have the feeling people make a preconceived judgement about me.

Nirbhaya’s case was the one that made the news. On the same day there was a gang rape of a minor in Meghalaya by sixteen people. How sad is it that this case didn’t make the news because it had to compete with another brutal rape case? It disgusts me that people think it’s ok to do this and disgusts me further that there were 94.93 rape cases per day in 2015. None of these victims should be forgotten. And to the idiots who commit these crimes, I hope only the strictest punishment for them. I can only hope my embarrassment is clear in this post and point out that not all Indians are like this. We are similarly disgusted at the state of things and want things to change badly.

Aaron Seleka
May 3, 2022 3:46 pm

I can’t speak for India but I believe South Africa has similar issues. We really have a problem with gender based violence. Men are on the receiving end of vitriol from women on social media through hashtags such as #menaretrash and #metoo. It’s well-earned. A case in 2019 grabbed national attention and caused protests in the streets when a male postal worker lured a 21 year old female student back to the post office after hours. She was simply looking for a parcel and thought he was being helpful. He raped her and murdered her, and his callous and unconcerned nature during the trial really riled people up.

Reports on gender based violence reveal that tens of thousands of rape cases are reported to police annually. This is mainly male on female rape. This number is unacceptable and shocking. As for murders, well, over a 3 month period last year, over 6,000 murders were reported.

It’s a cancer on our country. Commentators are advocating for the death penalty for the worst offenders but that probably won’t happen. As for the reasons why this is such a problem, many people point out that culturally, women are not given respect in the family unit. We are a patriarchal society, and until fathers start telling and showing sons how to respect womenfolk, the scourge will continue.

Robert Huot
May 6, 2022 11:16 am

When I read this title I was going to write that I have visited India and felt pretty safe wherever I went. How thoughtless of me. The glaring confounder is I am a guy. It’s a stark reminder that the daily realities for men and women are very different. It’s also easy to slip into the error of thinking if it’s safe for me, it must be safe for everyone else. Absolutely not.

Sometimes when I’m using apps like Tinder and I ask to exchange numbers, I detect some hesitancy from my match. Understandable. Some have ghosted me when I suggest shifting the conversation to WhatsApp. Instead of getting angry about it, I tell myself it is a good thing their guard is up. To them, I am a guy who could have all the worst intentions.

To us men, walking alone at night is nothing to worry about. To women, they could be risking their lives. If you have ever experienced the hesitancy I have, try not to get angry about it. Step in their shoes for a moment and try to be a bit more understanding. The daily realities for men and women are very different.

Jason Ng
May 7, 2022 7:37 am

I know a few women who want to visit India but have been put off because of the country’s image as unsafe for women. A part of me wanted to make a point about drawing sensational conclusions from statistics but I don’t think this is fair to the women who have been on the receiving end of rape and rape threats. I wanted to say that it sounds like you can’t even walk down the road in India without being groped. While this scenario is unrealistic for some, it is a real experience for many women. Many women were just going about their daily activities before having the worst experience of their lives. 

Is this an Indian problem or a global problem? The World Economic Forum says 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence. In Germany, there is a waiting list of more than 10,000 women who need access to safe shelter. In the United States, another person is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds and 1 in 6 women has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape. Things are bad in India. But make no mistake. This isn’t just an Indian problem. It is a global problem.