The topic of women traveling solo is generating a lot of heat on the web at the moment. Whether it is to do with reactions over the murder of American citizen ( also a solo traveler) Sarai Sierra in Turkey or the general concern about the safety of women highlighted by the New Delhi rape case, it’s all there and people are talking.
And rightly so.
Violence against women and the general air of non-safety that engulfs their very being is an issue that requires immediate attention. In saying so, however, sometimes the debates and reactions can be misleading and certain countries can turn into softer targets when being judged for safety parameters.
India, I feel is one of the countries on that list. Writing about whether India is a safe destination for solo women travelers on Huffington Post, I have tried to offer insights as someone who was born and raised in India.
“The web is abuzz with stories and articles highlighting the issue of whether it’s safe for women to travel solo. The consensus, for the most part (mostly by women travelers) is that it’s not the actual travel or travel to one particular country that is the problem. It’s the mindset and the growing problem of general violence against women in world. I agree.
The only thing that I am willing to admit is that India is guilty of this too. On a bigger scale, violence has manifested itself in sexual crimes and brutality, in the smaller sense it is limited to incorrigible stares and teasing on the road. To that effect, as a solo woman traveler to India, it is important to know what you are getting into. And then deal with it accordingly.”
On whether India is a safe destination for solo women travelers- Huffington Post- Mar 2013
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Have an opinion? Tell me what you think or write a comment. This is an issue that affects us all.
(original post on www.roadiswheretheheartis.com)