Is Delhi safe for foreign women
Do you feel that sexual violence has increased in India over the past decade?
Perhaps it is just being reported on now. And in every country, including Germany, women experience sexual violence. But I am very concerned about these extreme gang rapes in India. I would advise every woman to travel alone through India, to look for the safest possible accommodation as a couple and never to go to a bar alone. In Goa it has happened before that waiters and taxi drivers worked together: one poured knockout drops into a woman's glass, the other drove her away. And they both raped her.
Do you still feel at home in Goa, or are you considering moving away with your family?
We renovated a house here, my son goes to school in Goa, we have our friends here - it's not that easy to go. But I don't want to grow old here. At the moment, however, I have a bad feeling as a woman. For safety reasons I don't use public transport, only my car.
The Foreign Office writes in its security advice on India: "The general criminal risk for foreigners in the more touristically developed areas of India is rather low. Travelers, especially women, should always be guided by caution, especially in light of the recently increased number of reports of sexual assaults."
Tips like these can be found on travel portals to India: "Against the background of the strict Indian dress code for women, scantily clad tourists can quickly act as willing prey. Here there is only one thing left: take long trousers or a skirt and possibly wear a wrong wedding ring. Besides, it is advisable not to look the Indian men straight in the eyes. "
The children's aid organization Plan International also interviewed girls from Delhi for the study "Safety in cities from the perspective of female adolescents". These reported that they lived in constant fear of violence and sexual assault. They avoided walking alone in the dark and even during the day the girls did not go to school, to the market or to shops alone. According to the study, only three percent of those surveyed felt safe using public transport.
Some Indian trains have wagons reserved for women, and in some large cities all-women trains run several times a day.
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