Describing the killing of a Congo national here as unfortunate, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma has said that even African countries are not safe.
“India is a large country and such incidents will give a bad name to India. It is an unfortunate incident. However, even Africa is not safe. Such incidents happen in other parts of the world too,” Sharma told IANS in an interview.
“When I went to South Africa, I was stopped from going for a morning walk at 6 am by the hotel people citing security reasons. My post-dinner walk was also dropped for the same reasons. It’s not fair to say that India is unsafe,” he said.
“The Tourism Ministry”, according to him, “has introduced a helpline no 1363 for foreign nationals who visit India”. “We also issue certain do’s and don’ts for them here,” he added.