India was ranked fourth in a survey conducted to know the most dangerous places for women in the world. The survey was conducted by Thomson Reuters Trustlaw Women, which is a hub of legal information and legal support for women’s rights.
The reasons for India acquiring fourth place are female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking. The other reasons were exploitation of girls in the form of forced labor and forced marriages. The survey was based on the rankings given by 213 experts in the field from five continents based on their perception of danger in general, as well as by six categories of health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, risks, lack of access to economic resources, harmful practices rooted in culture, tradition and/or religion and human trafficking.
Supporting to the above reasons were many facts, such as, in 2009, government of India reported that at least 100 million cases of human trafficking. And in the same year, CBI has estimated 90 percent of trafficking in the country and reported that there were three million prostitutes, of which 40 percent were children. Even the UN Population Fund has reported that, India has 50 million girls were reported ‘missing’ over the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide.
South Asian countries bagged the top slots in the survey. Afghanisthan stood first as the most dangerous place for women, followed by Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia.