Thursday, 7 July 2011

India ranks 4th among the world most dangerous countries for women in the world

The  litany of perils for  Indian women  runs long.Murder,  rape, trafficking, abuse female foetuses  are  aborted   and  the  girl child  is   either  killed  or abandoned. Women in India  are  living  very  insecure  lives more so  single  women like  me.
Although India  has  made phenomenal progress  in the  field of  economic growth, education and  technology the  Indian  women has  been left  to  hide  her  face  in a  tattered  sari fearing  for  her  life.
All  this  in  a  country which  has  produced  outstanding women statesmen (if  I  may  say  so). Our  President  is  a  woman,  we  have several  women state  governors (chief  ministers) diplomats,   scientists  ,   fighter  pilots and  athletes etc.
The answer lies in  the  social-religious  world view of  my  countrymen. The  century old traditions incarcerate  women within  the  courtyard of  the  house.

The  status of   women improved with  the advent  of  Christianity and  western  influence. This  we  owe  to  our  colonists.

Crime  against  women  is  on   the  rise  in my  state  of Uttar Pradesh.  Women are  feeling  more  and more insecure  unsafe and vulnerable. It  is  worse for  a  single  woman  like  me. The  police  had  turned  rogue  in  my  state and  many  times  they  are  the  perpetrators  of crimes  against society. We  are  a very  ill-governed  state.  God 's  mercy  is  upon  us.
Here  are  2  stories  from the  news
STORY  # 1

(These  paintings are  by MF Hussain 's
India 's  Picasso who recently died  in London
at the  age  of  95.
The last  painting is  entitled Mother Theresa)
Here  is   a report  from  The  Hindustan Times
Female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking make India the world's 4th most dangerous country for women, with Afghanistan's violence and poverty taking it to the top spot, followed by Congo due to horrific levels of rape, a Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll said on Wednesday.

Pakistan and Somalia ranked third and fifth, respectively, in the global survey of perceptions of threats ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female foeticide, genital mutilation and acid attacks.

"Ongoing conflict, NATO airstrikes and cultural practices combined make Afghanistan a very dangerous place for women," said Antonella Notari, head of Women Change Makers, a group that supports women social entrepreneurs around the world. "In addition, women who do attempt to speak out or take on public roles that challenge ingrained gender stereotypes of what's acceptable for women to do or not, such as working as policewomen or news broadcasters, are often intimidated or killed."

The poll by TrustLaw (, a legal news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation, marked the launch of its new TrustLaw Women section, a global hub of news and information on women's legal rights. TrustLaw asked 213 gender experts from five continents to rank countries by overall perceptions of danger as well as by six risks.

The risks were health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, cultural or religious factors, lack of access to resources and trafficking.

Some experts said the poll showed that subtle dangers such as discrimination that don't grab headlines are sometimes just as significant risks for women as bombs, bullets, stonings and systematic rape in conflict zones. "I think you have to look at all the dangers to women, all the risks women and girls face," said Elisabeth Roesch, who works on gender-based violence for the International Rescue Committee in Washington.

"If a woman can't access healthcare because her healthcare isn't prioritised, that can be a very dangerous situation as well."

Afghanistan emerged as the most dangerous country for women overall and worst in three of the six risk categories: health, non-sexual violence and lack of access to economic resources. Respondents cited sky-high maternal mortality rates, limited access to doctors and a near total lack of economic rights.

Afghan women have a one in 11 chance of dying in childbirth, according to UNICEF.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), still reeling from a 1998-2003 war and accompanying humanitarian disaster that killed 5.4 million people, came second mainly due to staggering levels of sexual violence in the lawless east. More than 400,000 women are raped in the country each year, according to a recent study by US researchers.

The United Nations has called Congo the rape capital of the world. "Statistics from DRC are very revealing on this: ongoing war, use of rape as a weapon, recruitment of females as soldiers who are also used as sex slaves," said Clementina Cantoni, a Pakistan-based aid worker with ECHO, the European Commission's humanitarian aid department.

"The fact that the government is corrupt and that female rights are very low on the agenda means that there is little or no recourse to justice." Rights activists say militia groups and soldiers target all ages, including girls as young as three and elderly women. They are gang-raped, raped with bayonets and have guns shot into their vaginas.

Pakistan ranked third largely on the basis of cultural, tribal and religious practices harmful to women. These include acid attacks, child and forced marriage and punishment or retribution by stoning or other physical abuse. "Pakistan has some of the highest rates of dowry murder, so-called honour killings and early marriage," said Divya Bajpai, reproductive health advisor at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Some 1,000 women and girls die in honour killings annually, according to Pakistan's Human Rights Commission.

India ranked fourth primarily due to female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking. In 2009, India's then home secretary Madhukar Gupta estimated that 100 million people, mostly women and girls, were involved in trafficking in India that year.

"The practice is common but lucrative so it goes untouched by government and police," said Cristi Hegranes, founder of the Global Press institute, which trains women in developing countries to be journalists.

India's Central Bureau of Investigation estimated that in 2009 about 90% of trafficking took place within the country and that there were some 3 million prostitutes, of which about 40% were children.

In addition to sex slavery, other forms of trafficking include forced labour and forced marriage, according to a US State Department report on trafficking in 2010. The report also found slow progress in criminal prosecutions of traffickers.

Up to 50 million girls are thought to be "missing" over the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide, the UN Population Fund says. Some experts said the world's largest democracy was relatively forthcoming about describing its problems, possibly casting it in a darker light than if other countries were equally transparent about trafficking.

Somalia ranked fifth due to a catalogue of dangers including high maternal mortality, rape and female genital mutilation, along with limited access to education, healthcare and economic resources.

"I'm completely surprised because I thought Somalia would be first on the list, not fifth," Somali women's minister Maryan Qasim told TrustLaw. "The most dangerous thing a woman in Somalia can do is to become pregnant. When a woman becomes pregnant her life is 50-50 because there is no antenatal care at all. There are no hospitals, no healthcare, no nothing."

"Add to that the rape cases that happen on a daily basis, the female genital mutilation that is being done to every single girl in Somalia. Add to that the famine and the drought. Add to that the fighting (which means) you can die any minute, any day."

Poll respondents included aid professionals, academics, health workers, policymakers, journalists and development specialists.

16 Fertilize my soul:

John Cowart said...

Hi Amrita,

I had no idea about these appalling statistics.


Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
I'd never thought India would rank so high in this statisteic. I am familiar with the other countries. Pakistani women living in Norway are murdered by the numbers each year due to "family honour reasons".
Indian people living abroad usually are highly educated and mix very well with the western culture.
So disappointingly to learn there are such low standards for women in your homeland.
It makes me sorry and scared.
My good friend Amrita is living there.
There's a lot of praying to be done...
From felisol

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Amrita ~ How awful for you and the rest of the female population in your country. May you feel God's love, peace and strength surrounding and protecting you at all times.

Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

Amrita said...

My dear friends John Cowart, Felisol and FlowerLady, we just cannot turn away from th e harsh realilties of life. Its right here in front of me - I see it everyday - sometimes come up against them nose to nose..

The influence of Christianity has done a lot for womenn in India. It was God 's mercy on my country.

I have updated my post with 2 recent stories, if you care to have a look.

Yes we need prayers and support.

Simply Shelley said...

Such a sad case...May God give his angels constant care over you and your home....blessings dear friend

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

We pray for those countries where women are being abused and discriminated upon. We can only watch and pray as the governments of those country do little or nothing at all. With our prayers, the Lord will move the hearts of those people to respect the rights of women in their countries. Thanks for the very informative and disturbing post. God bless you always.

Amrita said...

Dear Shelly, God 's grace is upon us

Amrita said...

Dear Mel, much prayer is needed. Thank you

Kathryn said...

Wow. I think we do tend to think of India as a much more advanced culture than the other four, so this does come as a surprise.

Praying for your continued safety.

Love your new profile pic.

Amrita said...

It is Kathryn, an d I am proud of my country on those counts. But because of the belief system prevalant here we are suffering set backs..

On my blog I want to share the good, the bad an d the ugly. TYhings that pain my heart an d disturb me.

Gerry said...

I had hopes that the publicity, etc., would have altered the female mutilation practices in Somalia, and it is sad to learn how dangerous it is even to get pregnant. Shows that change takes a long time and even then circumstances can cause a backward country to lapse even further into the dark ages of treatment to females. Sad to learn sobering statistics in regard to the treatment of women, but we can count on you to state the facts, which takes courage and dedication. Thanks, Amrita! All women can do is keep fighting for change. Because to stop will make things worse. I think you are living your life the right way.

Robin said...

Dear precious Amrita, thank you for this post so that we may know and pray.

Amrita said...

Hugs to you Robin

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

My dear Amrita,
Reading this gave me goosebumps, and brought tears to my eyes. I had no idea of such statistics, especially in India.

You are a courageous lady by posting this information, and helping to raise awareness about violence against women.

I will pray for you and your family. God protect you all, always.

((( lots of love ))))


Nadwrażliwiec said...

It is difficult even to read about it. It is scandal! I wanted cry, when I first time read about violence against women in Muslim states. I'm angry, when European feminists and activists talk about gays and abortion for Polish woman, but they don't tell anything (or they don't want to tell and see) about real problems in these countries...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post, Amrita. Although I didn't read the whole thing, sometimes statistics on the atrocites that go on in this world is too much for me to see. That's why I really don't even watch much news anymore, it's just too much.

Although I beleive people should be informed, sometimes all the violence gets to me and my spirit.

The only thing I can say is that I do pray for people around the world. Mainly about sex trafficking of women and girls, and also, that people around the world would be able to worship Christ freely, without persecution.

I beleive truly that God hears our prayers.

Thank you again for the post.