India is the worst country in the world for women due to the high risk of sexual violence, poor health care, high risk of non-sexual violence, and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts.
Thomson Reuters Foundation survey ranked Afghanistan second, Syria third, Somalia fourth, Saudi Arabia fifth, Pakistan sixth, Democratic Republic of the Congo seventh, Yemen eighth, Nigeria ninth, and United States of America tenth.
A similar poll in 2011 saw Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia declared as the most dangerous countries in the world for women.
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Experts say not enough was done to tackle the danger women faced in India
Experts said Bharat moving to the top position showed not enough was being done to tackle the danger women faced, more than five years after the rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus made violence against women a national priority.
“India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women … rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and harassment, female infanticide has gone unabated,” said Manjunath Gangadhara, an official at the Karnataka state government.
“The (world’s) fastest growing economy and leader in space and technology is shamed for violence committed against women.”
Respondents also ranked India the most dangerous country for women in terms of human trafficking, including sex and domestic slavery, and for customary practices such as forced marriage, stoning and female infanticide.
India’s ministry of women and child development declined to comment.