India Most Unsafe Country For Women Due to High Risk of Sexual Violence: Poll
Sexual Violence Against Women (Image used for representational purpose only) (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, Jun 26: India is the world's most unsafe country for women, according to a poll of global experts released on Tuesday. While war-torn Afghanistan ranked second, Syria ranked third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues.

The United States ranked joint third when respondents were asked where women were most at risk of sexual violence, harassment and being coerced into sex. The US, the only Western countries in the top 10, ranked 10th in overall rankings.

The list of world's most dangerous countries for women:

  1. India
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Syria
  4. Somalia
  5. Saudi Arabia
  6. Pakistan
  7. Democratic Republic of Congo
  8. Yemen
  9. Nigeria
  10. United States

India also ranked first in the list of the most dangerous country for women in terms of human trafficking, including sex slavery and domestic servitude, and for customary practices such as forced marriage, stoning and female infanticide. India was the fourth most dangerous country for women in the same survey seven years ago.

Around 100 sexual assaults are reported to police in India every day, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. India witnessed an increase of 83 percent in cases of crime against women between 2007 and 2016.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted a similar survey seven years ago and found Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia to the be the five most dangerous countries for women.