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It’s a pity ! India is one of the most dangerous countries for women in the world – Weekend Exclusive

You might be disappointed to hear this one. A Thomas Reuters report has spoken the most unfortunate. India has been ranked as one of the most dangerous country for women in the world. It comes after countries like Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan as far as security for women is concerned. At a time when India is boasting of a women leader heading the government, a woman President and women in so many key roles and prime positions across the country, why has the nation entered the dubious list of being one of the most dangerous countries for women?

So you perhaps won’t be surprised to hear that a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation “Expert Poll” states that Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan are the most dangerous countries for women in the world. But the country next on the list might both disappoint and shock you – it’s India. Despite all the talks of being the next super power, the development and progress and economic boom – we are right there with struggling countries like Afghanisthan, Congo and Pakistan as far as safety and security of women is concerned. The Thomson Reuters Foundation “Expert Poll” was evaluated on six risks : Health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking. And Afghanistan has been declared as most unsafe for women in the world based on these parameters.
• WHY IS AFGHANISTAN DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN?
Experts rated Afghanistan as the worst in three categories – health, non-sexual violence and economic discrimination. Also, there are 1 in 11 chances of women dying in childbirth, 87% women are illiterate and 80% girls face forced marriages.
• WHY IS CONGO DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN?
Sexual violence makes Democratic Republic of Congo second most dangerous country for women in the world. According to statistics, around 1000 women are raped every day !
• WHY IS PAKISTAN DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN?
As far as Pakistan is concerned acid attacks, child and forced marriage and punishment by stoning or other physical abuse makes the country unsafe for women. According to statistics, around more than 1,000 women and girls are victims of “honour killings” every year in Pakistan while 90% women are victims of domestic violence.
• WHY IS SOMALIA DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN?
That Somalis is one of the poorest, most violent and lawless countries in the world, in itself explains why it is dangerous for women. The dangers include high maternal mortality, rape, female genital mutilation and child marriage.
• WHY IS INDIA DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN?
While it can be accepted why under developed and war torn countries like Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan and Somalia are dangerous for women, the biggest disappointment is that India has been ranked worse than Somalia for women. Female foeticide, child marriage, high levels of women trafficking and domestic servitude make the world’s largest democracy the fourth most dangerous place for women. According to statistics up to 50 million girls are “missing” over the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide.

Inspector Maya More says that there are laws to curb female foeticide, only strict implementation is required. Another danger for women in India is that around 100 million people, mostly women and girls, are involved in trafficking in one way or another. This isn’t it. More than 44.5% of girls are married before the age of 18.

According to social activist Varsha Bhosale, times have become so unsafe for women that even so called urban cities like Navi Mumbai is not safe. Ironically, at a time when India is boasting of a woman President Pratibhatai Patil, a woman Lok Sabha Speaker Meera Kumar, woman heading the government UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, women Chief Ministers like Sheila Dikshit of Delhi, Mayawati of Uttar Pradesh, Mamta Bannerjee of West Bengal, J Jayalalitha of Tamil Nadu and women in so many key roles and prime positions across the country, the nation entered the dubious list of being one of the most dangerous countries for women.

In Pratibhatai Patil, Sonia Gandhi, Meera Kumar, Sheela Dikshit, Mayawati, Mamta Banerjee and J Jayalalita India has what Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan and Somalia does not have. But despite the glorious rise of women power, these very leaders have failed to do justice to social upliftment, welfare and development of women. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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