The perceived high risk of sexual violence and slave labour saw India ranked ahead of Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Saudi Arabia as the most dangerous country in the world for women, in a recent survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.  The survey had six categories including human trafficking, healthcare, cultural practices and sexual and non-sexual violence.

In retaliation, the Indian tourism ministry has launched a campaign to reassure women about their safety in the country, emphasising higher punishments for rape, acid attacks and stalking.

India is ranked 125 out of 159 countries in the UN’s Gender Inequality Index.

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