India most unsafe country for women, even Syria is better

28 Juin, 2018, 19:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • India most unsafe country for women, even Syria is better

On Tuesday, the Thomson Reuters Foundation - the philanthropic arm of Reuters media company - released a study that ranked India as the most unsafe place because of its high incidences of sexual violence, lack of access to justice in rape cases, child marriage, female feticide and human trafficking. The researchers examined cases of acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriages, forced marriages, stoning, physical abuse and mutilation as forms of punishment or retribution, as well as female infanticide.

The last time the survey was conducted seven years ago, India was considered the fourth most risky country for women.

On Tuesday, Thomson Reuters Foundation, a London-based charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, released a list of countries which are perceived as most unsafe for women. While the Democratic Republic of Congo was ranked the second-worst, the United States surprisingly came in third from bottom.

The #MeToo movement blew the lid off misogyny rampant in United States, as it became clear that harassment and assault permeated every class and race in the "world leader".

Nigeria is also ranked fourth position on the poll in matters of human trafficking.

The country didn't learn any lessons from the brutal rape and murder case of a student in December 2012, which had then triggered widespread protests and forced the government to amend its rape laws.

India has long grappled with the issue of sexual violence.

Weinstein this month pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sexual assault. This perception is backed by statistics from India's National Crime Records Bureau, which records that there is a rape nearly every 20 minutes in India, and a crime against women every three minutes.

The foundation, according to CBS News, said the ranking resulted from the publicity surrounding the #MeToo movement and the discussion about sexual misconduct in the United States. The poll cited high risk of sexual violence against women as the main reason for country's abysmal record in providing the safety and security to women.

"We wanted to find out whether more was being done to address the overall risks faced by women, and specifically regarding healthcare, access to economic resources, customary practices, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking", the description read.

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For more proof that wealth doesn't necessarily equate to equal rights, look at Saudi Arabia, which ranked fifth in our poll of most risky countries for women. Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan also rank in the bottom 10. Here is a country where the guardianship system requires women to ask for the authorisation of a man - father, husband, even a 12-year-old son - before being able to travel, apply for a passport, or even undergo certain medical procedures.

"There is sexual violence by government forces".

While ranked 10 overall, the U.S. tied third with Syria on sexual violence.

In 2011, the foundation did its first such perception poll that found Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia the most unsafe countries for women around the world. They were asked to name five of the 193 United Nations member states they thought were most risky for women.

According to NDTV, India's Ministry of Women and Child Development declined to comment on the survey results.

The same poll conducted in 2011 had placed India at the fourth place.

A Thomson Reuters Foundation survey has listed the top 10 most unsafe places in the world to be a woman.

"World leaders vowed three years ago to eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls by 2030, allowing them to live freely and safely to participate equally in political, economic and public life".

The issue of sexual violence has put pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who opponents accuse of failing to properly address the issue of violence against women. This time even Pakistan, in sixth place, was considered safer than India for women.

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