UK issues travel advisory for female travelers in India

LONDON (TIP): Britain has advised its female tourists to be cautious while traveling in India in the wake of the rape of a Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh last week. “Our travel advice states that women should use caution if traveling alone in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women and young girls are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk,” a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson said.

Though the advice has not been modified following last week’s sexual assault on a foreign tourist, the government’s travel advisory remains under constant review in view of the situation on the ground, it added. “British women have been the victims of sexual assault in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan and women travelers often receive unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men. If you are a woman traveling in India you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, when alone at any time of day,” said the FCO’s current advisory under the section of ‘Crime’. Six men accused of raping the 39-yearold Swiss tourist, who was camping with her husband in a forest in MP, have been remanded in custody. The woman has since been discharged from hospital.

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