NCW rejects survey report calling India unsafe for women

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The National Commission for Women has rejected the finding of a survey that India is the world’s most dangerous country for women, and said the countries that have been ranked after India have women who are not even allowed to speak in public.

Recently, The Thomson Reuters Foundation, after a survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues, has ranked India as the world’s most dangerous country for women, followed by war-torn Afghanistan and Syria, due to the high risk of sexual violence.

NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma rejected the survey report, claiming that the sample size was small and could not be representative of the whole country.

“Women are very aware in India of issues and there is no way that we could be ranked number 1 in such a survey. The countries that have been ranked after India have women who are not even allowed to speak in public,” Sharma said.

The poll was conducted online, by phone and in person between March 26 and May 4 with an even spread across Europe, Africa, the Americas, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific.

The poll was a repeat of a survey in 2011 in which Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia were named as the most dangerous countries for women.

Respondents also ranked India as the most dangerous country for women in terms of human trafficking, domestic servitude, and for certain claimant social practices, as per the report of Thomson Foundation.

(With inputs from PTI)