Trashing Thomson Reuter’s survey that declared India as world’s most dangerous nation for women, while some call it to be a “sweeping statement” and wonder why the nations like Afghanistan and Syria were left behind in the list, the question is – “is India real the worst for women?”.

An international study by the Thomson Reuters Foundation that named India to be the world’s most dangerous country for women – even above war torn nations like Syria and Afghanistan. Perhaps, the survey says that world’s second most populous nation has been the most poorly rated based on three factors – risks of sexual violence and harassment, dangers from cultural, tribal and traditional practices and human trafficking, including forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude. Unfortunately, nobody can deny that violence and sexual harassment against women has raised to unimaginable figures – with an average of four rape cases filed every hour in India; and it keeps getting worse. But India being claimed to be the most dangerous place for women is “a bit difficult to swallow”.

Defying India and trashing the survey, Shahi Tharoor accepted the recent occurrence of unpleasant and ridiculous events against women while saying, “Something which shames every Indian, no question about that, particularly every Indian male. But a sweeping statement like the most dangerous country in the world for women is a bit difficult to swallow”. Tharoor added that women in India are enjoying more freedom and safety as compared to the women in war-torn nations like Syria in terms of violence and Afghanistan in terms of restrictions.

Perhaps, what we must focus on, after the survey should not be on which rank is India and which nations are or should be above or below India. Regardless of the survey and the order of ranks, it must be seen as an eye-opener for the need to pay attention to make much-needed efforts to ensure better security for women worldwide, not just in India. Albeit people who are fighting for education, feminism, women empowerment, and for creating more opportunities for the women – but somewhere, something is still going wrong, and that is awareness. It is not just India’s problem, it is everywhere and this global problem can only be resolved by joint efforts by the authorities and the people.

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