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A survey by Thomson Reuters Foundation said that India is the most dangerous country for women in terms of sexual violence, as well as human trafficking for domestic work, forced labor, forced marriage and sexual slavery, others including female genital mutilation and child marriage, etc.
India stood fourth in the same survey seven years ago. But the surprising fact is that the survey was based on the opinions of a team consisting of merely 550 experts from around the globe, speaking on behalf of a world population of 7.6 billion people.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development(WCD), clearly denying the poll said that,”The ranking is based on a perception poll based on responses to simply six questions. The results are not derived from any kind of data and are solely based on inherently subjective opinions.”
This was about what the authorities had to say on India being most unsafe for women. A look at the ground reality, India is still safer from many other countries where women are not even treated humanely.
Talking about sexual rights, Egypt is an example where a woman literally has no rights against sexual exploitation. If a woman is raped she has to prove that she has been raped, in any way she can. If not, it could lead to pelting of stones or prison. India, despite of being most unsafe for women, has lesser number of rapes than the US.
Though there are issues in India, like every other nation, but it is fighting its own war against the wrongs. It has become more careful and alert since the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case.But the irony is, instead of defending the country, our own countrymen are maligning it.
Manjunath Gangadhara, an official at the Karnataka state government in southwest India, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation- “The (world’s) fastest growing economy and leader in space and technology is shamed for violence committed against women.”
Another statement came from the opposition leader Rahul Gandhi that pinpointed the PM- “While our PM tiptoes around his garden making Yoga videos, India leads Afghanistan, Syria & Saudi Arabia in rape & violence against women.”
The statement showed that opposition in India is only focused on troubling the current government. Because, unlike what has been mentioned above, Saudi Arabia is clearly not better than India in terms of women rights. Women in Saudi, still do not have the right to own a passport or even a bank account. They have been made dependent on men for almost everything. Not free to choose their clothing, or even file a divorce, now that is what exploitation of women means.
It is time that we realize that India might have issues regarding women, but it is clearly not the most dangerous country for women. Whatever India suffers from, is in front of everyone. Unlike other nations, that are carrying in themselves lesser known evils against women, India is no less than a heaven for women, or at least it is fighting for becoming one.