Gang-rape cases tarnish India's tourism industry: Report
Increasing sexual assaults against women and recent gang-rape cases in India are damaging the country’s tourism industry, Press TV reports.The number of foreign tourists, especially women visiting India has declined following the gang rape of a female student in 2012.
The 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped on a moving bus in the capital, Delhi. In that case, the woman and her male companion were brutally assaulted. She later died in hospital from her injuries.
Meanwhile, the recent rape of a Danish national has further raised questions about the future of India’s tourism industry.
The 51-year-old Danish national was gang-raped on Tuesday after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel. The woman was also robbed and beaten in the attack.
Police say the victim boarded a flight back home Wednesday morning.
The assault is the latest in a string of rape crimes that has sparked nationwide outrage and protests.
Few weeks ago, a Polish woman was allegedly drugged and raped by a taxi driver while traveling with her two-year-old daughter to New Delhi.
The brutal incidents sparked nationwide protest rallies and forced the Indian authorities to introduce tougher laws for crimes against women.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, one woman is raped every 20 minutes in the world’s second most populous country.