The Congress on Tuesday parried a barrage of tirades from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the 1970s Emergency with a series of articles that drew attention to the state of the Indian economy, society and security. Chief of them was a shocking report that listed India as the most dangerous country to be a woman.
Leading the charge for the Congress, party president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to share the report which listed India above Pakistan and war-torn nations such as Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
“While our PM tiptoes around his garden making Yoga videos, India leads Afghanistan, Syria & Saudi Arabia in rape & violence against women. What a shame for our country!” tweeted the 48-year-old Gandhi scion who is projected as the prime ministerial candidate from his party for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The article that he shared was published by the CNN. It cited a research which listed India above Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan – all in that order – as the country most dangerous for women.
The CNN report says that sexual violence against women in India is the highest in the world. Citing data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the report said that around 100 sexual assaults are reported to police in the country every day despite introduction of stricter laws.
The CNN said that NCRB data reveals that nearly 39,000 alleged attacks were reported in 2016, “an increase of 12 per cent from the previous year”.
According to the American media house, the survey was conducted by 550 experts on women’s issues. They found “India to be the most dangerous nation for sexual violence against women, as well as human trafficking for domestic work, forced labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery, among other reasons”.
“The issue of sexual violence has put pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who opponents accuse of failing to properly address the issue of violence against women,” reported the CNN.
“India was the fourth most dangerous country for women in the same survey seven years ago,” read the CNN report.
Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Nigeria and the United States were the other four countries which were mentioned in the list. All except India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Nigeria and the US are strife-torn countries.