Rape cases bring embarrassment to India, anxiety for female tourists


Rape cases bring embarrassment to India, anxiety for female tourists

foreign tourist raped

Tourism ministry’s ubiquitous Incredible India marketing campaign has helped raise the number of foreign visitors over the past decade to around 6.6 million a year – albeit still way behind the likes of China and Malaysia. But that push is now hampered by a growing sense that India is simply not a safe destination, particularly for women. The fatal gang-rape of an Indian student in December shone a disturbing light on the level of sexual violence and a series of subsequent attacks on foreigners has added to the sense of unease. A British holidaymaker in the northern city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, suffered a leg injury when she jumped out of a hotel window before dawn on Tuesday. Police said she feared a sex attack after two men tried to enter her room. Last Friday a Swiss woman was gang-raped while on a cycling holiday in central India. Her husband was tied up by the gang who are also accused of stealing a laptop, a mobile phone and 10,000 rupees ($185). Complete Text/AFP

Stay updated on the go with Himachal Watcher News App. Click here to download it for your android device.