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New Delhi: Delhi is among the most unsafe places for foreigners in India with 164 cases of heinous crimes registered here in 2014, the latest data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) has revealed. Of the 164 foreigners targeted, 135 were tourists.2015-08-20_2224_001
Goa follows close on the heels of the national capital with 73 cases, while Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan follow with 66, 59 and 36 cases respectively.

The cases pertain to crimes like murder, attempt to murder, rape, molestation, kidnapping, robbery, cheating, forgery and theft.

Out of the total 486 cases of crime against foreigners registered in India, 384 crimes were against tourists, while in 102 cases foreigners here on business visa or for other work were targeted.

Tour operator Anil Kanthale told IANS: “Many women tourists say they do not want to visit Delhi as they find it insecure. But the situation was not so bad before the December 16, 2012 gang rape incident.”

“The gang rape case has damaged Delhi’s reputation as a safe-for-tourists city. A rape-cum-robbery case with a Danish woman in January this year also spread a sense of insecurity among foreign tourists,” he said.

When contacted, top police officials were tight-lipped over the issue.

“If any crime takes place in the city, everyone targets the police. I accept that it’s our responsibility to provide a secure environment to those living in Delhi, but most of the crimes occur when victims are not careful about their safety,” a police officer told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

The officer also said that foreigners are easily targeted as they are not familiar with the city.

“We take every case against any foreigner on a priority basis and try to solve it as soon as possible by arresting the criminal. We also ensure the safety of every foreigner,” the officer added.

Goa is the second most unsafe place with 73 cases of crime against foreigners, including 66 cases in which tourists were affected.
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Uttar Pradesh with 66 cases, including 64 tourists, is on third position.

Maharashtra saw 59 such cases, including 25 tourists and 34 other foreigners living there, being registered followed by Rajasthan with 36 cases, including 31 tourists.

States where no crime against foreigners was registered are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.

Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram and Odisha registered only one case each. Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana were among the states where only two cases of crimes against foreigners each were registered.

Apart from Delhi, Puducherry and Chandigarh were the only two Union Territories where foreigners were attacked, with seven and two cases, respectively.

However, there was not a single crime case against any foreigner in the remaining four Union Territories.

“Of the total 486 cases of crime against foreigners, 260 cases were of robbery, followed by 39 cases of molestation and 22 cases of rape,” the NCRB data said.

It said that five foreigners, including four tourists, were killed in India while four were attacked for the purpose of murder.

The NCRB data said that three foreigners were kidnapped in 2014.

(IANS)

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Here are Some Tips For Solo Women Travellers

5 hacks for women solo traveller

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Going solo is a way for many to unplug with more and more women taking solo trips. Pixabay

Going solo is a way for many to unplug with more and more women taking solo trips. If you, too, are planning your very first solo trip, here are a few useful tips to keep in mind shared by Rashmi Chadha, founder of Wovoyage, a women centric travel startup.

1. Destination matters: Prepare for the country you are travelling to

Read about the country or the city you are travelling to. Complete your research and prepare for your travel accordingly. This is the age of internet and you can read blogs or watch vlogs which can provide great knowledge about a particular place and help you plan a perfect trip. Download audio tour apps, Google translator and the country’s most useful travel applications.

2. Go Locale: Blend in, learn the local language, culture

It’s always better to gel with the locals as people become friendlier and you get a better experience. See if you can learn how to say some basic words like thank you, sorry, ask for water or directions, etc. in the local language which can help you connect with the locals and even find your way back to your hotel in some situations.

Learn how to blend in – it means dressing and speaking like a local whenever necessary, which can give you a chance to know the place more intimately and made the experience more wonderful.

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If you’re a solo women traveller then you should complete your research and prepare for your travel accordingly. Pixabay

3. Be the early bird: Book in advance

Never land in a country without booking your stay. It gives you your first direction after stepping out of the airport. Even book your transfers from the airport to the hotel to avoid putting yourself in a stranded situation. Find the best solutions to get to your hotel from the airport online and book it.

Find and book your city tours online days before the date of travel. You might get better deals online than you will get on the spot.

4. Feel Empowered: Book local tours with female-run firms or women guides

Women are more comfortable with other women, it’s always safe, trustworthy and what will be better than women empowering each other. There are many women guides available in every city. Look for tours operated by female guides and book them beforehand. Look for homestays provided by women, sometimes you might get a chance to book tours provided by those homestays and get to experience the city in the best possible way like a local.

5. Prioritise safety: Women-only and women friendly accommodation

Besides travelling with precaution, where you stay during the vacation is pivotal to your safety. Women-only accommodations are an option and offer not only a safe ambience, but are also managed by an all-female workforce.

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There are women dorms in hostels that you can book or you can look for hotels that have a women-only floor. You can ask for special requirements while making a reservation and book the room according to your needs. Look for centrally located and accessible places that can solve your how to reach problems. (IANS)