A Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 548 experts on women’s issues found that India was the most dangerous country in the world for women in terms of human trafficking, including sex slavery and domestic servitude.
The results of the poll outraged many given India fared worse than nations like Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo and even Pakistan, but for others it was also a sign that things hadn’t improved for women.
National Commission for Women, Rekha Sharma, rejected the findings outright. “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 was quoted as saying in a PTI report. Sharms did not name the country she was referring to.
It wasn’t just Sharma, who questioned the findings of the poll. Many others were as skeptical.
.@TR_Foundation’s survey ranks #India, the most dangerous country in the world for women! 1. Great survey, fills a huge data gap when it comes to women’s safety data. 2. Sample size is too small, selection bias & not random. 3 What now #India? vawg https://t.co/IXuMWGdiId pic.twitter.com/TvOoSCj2fW
— Dr. Shruti Kapoor (@kapoors_s) June 26, 2018
However, others like Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the findings of the survey indicated a failure of the government to improve women’s safety in the nation. Gandhi’s tweet came around the same time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was criticising the Congress on its record on the 43rd anniversary of the Emergency.
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! https://t.co/Ba8ZiwC0ad
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 26, 2018
He wasn’t the only one though, with others also tweeting against the poor record of women’s safety for which they blamed the Modi government.
During the Modi regime India’s ranking has deteriorated on indices of Corruption, Press Freedom & women’s safety, to the point that India is now ranked No.1 as most unsafe for women; No.138 on Freedom of Press index! &has slid to No 81 on corruption Index!https://t.co/KY41cAX7qp
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) June 26, 2018
Congress party’s women’s wing also slammed the Modi government, terming the report an ‘international shame’. In a tweet, Mahila Congress wrote, “International Shame. Welcome to the Era of @narendramodi Governance under which India has become a ‘No Women’s Land’. Extremely challenged women safety. The lack of law and order under @BJP4India govt. has made India a top ranker in the list of most dangerous countries for women.”
While the government has not reacted officially to the findings of the survey, the results seem to have split opinion down the middle on why India tops a list it would rather not be on.