Crime against Women Tourists

Ministry of Tourism
Ministry of Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism does not compile the data regarding crime against foreign or domestic tourists.  However, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs has started collecting data on crime against foreign tourists since 2014. Hence data on crime against foreign tourist prior to 2014 is not available with NCRB. The total number of cases registered under crime against foreign tourists were 384 during 2014. The State-wise/UT-wise number of reported incidents against foreign tourist during 2014 is given below. This information is not available for 2015.

The steps taken by Ministry of Tourism to ensure the safety and security of tourists including foreign tourists are as below:

  1. i) 24X7 (all days) in a year offering a “multi-lingual helpdesk” in the designated languages to provide support service in terms of providing information relating to Travel & Tourism in India to the domestic and International tourists and to assist the callers with advice on action to be taken during times of distress while travelling in India and if need be alert the concerned authorities. The languages handled by the Tourist Helpline include ten International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The calls made by tourists (both international and domestic) while in India will be free of charge.
  2. ii) Adoption of code of conduct for Safe and Hon’ble Tourism, which contains a set of guidelines to encourage tourism activities to be undertaken with respect to basic rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents, in particular women and children.

iii)All the Chief Ministers of the State Governments and Administrators of Union Territory Administrations have been asked to take immediate effective steps for ensuring a conducive and friendly environment for all tourists and also requested to publicize the steps being taken/proposed to be taken to increase the sense of security amongst the present/prospective visitors and also to counter the negative publicity, if any.

  1. iv)The National Tourism Ministers’ Conference was convened on 18th July, 2013 and 21st August 2014 in New Delhi which resolved that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work for ensuring the safety and security of tourists, especially women. The State Governments/UT Administrations of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have deployed Tourist Police, in one form or the other.
  2. v)Grant of Central Financial Assistance to the State Governments of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh for setting up of Tourist Facilitation and Security Organization (TFSO) on a pilot basis.
  3. vi)In the wake of some unfortunate incidents happening involving foreign tourists, Ministry of Tourism posts an advisory on its website www.incredibleindia.org.

vii)The Ministry of Tourism has issued the Guidelines on Safety and Security of Tourists for State Governments/Union Territories and Tips for Travellers in September 2014.  These guidelines were sent to the State Governments/Union Territories and other relevant authorities to stress the importance of safety and risk management, assist in identifying best practices and encourage closer cooperation for ensuring a pleasant experience to the tourists.  The Guidelines are indicative references that may be useful to the States in sharing or adopting the best practices and design their domestic measures to better protect tourists.  In addition to these guidelines “Tips to Travellers” are also offered to make the visit of tourists to Incredible India, a memorable experience.

The foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India has shown continuous increase in last 5 years.  The number of FTAs in India during the period 2011-2015 are as below:

Year FTAs
2011 6309222
2012 6577745
2013 6967601
2014 7679099
2015 8027133

State-wise/UT-wise number of reported incidents against foreign tourist during 2014.

Sl. No. State/UT Total Crimes Committed against Foreign Tourists
1 Andhra Pradesh 2
2 Arunachal Pradesh 0
3 Assam 0
4 Bihar 13
5 Chhattisgarh 0
6 Goa 66
7 Gujarat 3
8 Haryana 6
9 Himachal Pradesh 2
10 Jammu & Kashmir 1
11 Jharkhand 0
12 Karnataka 11
13 Kerala 7
14 Madhya Pradesh 2
15 Maharashtra 25
16 Manipur 0
17 Meghalaya 0
18 Mizoram 1
19 Nagaland 0
20 Odisha 0
21 Punjab 3
22 Rajasthan 31
23 Sikkim 0
24 Tamil Nadu 2
25 Telangana 2
26 Tripura 0
27 Uttar Pradesh 64
28 Uttarakhand 0
29 West Bengal 4
TOTAL STATE(S) 245
30 A & N Islands 0
31 Chandigarh 2
32 D&N Haveli 0
33 Daman & Diu 0
34 Delhi UT 135
35 Lakshadweep 0
36 Puducherry 2
TOTAL UT(S) 139
TOTAL (ALL INDIA) 384

Nationality-wise number of foreign women tourist arrivals during 2012-2014 is given below.  This information is not available for 2015.

Nationality-wise number of Foreign Women Tourist arrivals during

2012-2014.

Country of Nationality 2012 2013 2014
North America
Canada 115209 117147 124309
U.S.A 448217 475365 493472
Central and South America
Argentina 4866 5390 5235
Brazil 7302 8849 9058
Mexico 4355 6367 6877
Others 10612 12554 12741
Western Europe
Austria 16206 15826 14706
Belgium 15508 15084 14902
Denmark 12770 13601 11486
Finland 8787 9821 8444
France 100842 113261 112960
Germany 87645 100801 94925
Greece 2053 2738 2864
Ireland 10408 11984 13185
Italy 32289 34292 33613
Netherlands 24908 27054 26150
Norway 9145 9958 8821
Portugal 8536 10246 12365
Spain 27890 27625 30507
Sweden 20832 21825 20272
Switzerland 21097 22653 20827
U.K. 334972 352108 369098
Others 5336 4648 4516
Eastern Europe
  Czech Rep. 3817 3714 3576
Kazakhstan 7668 8984 10092
Poland 12039 11750 12174
Russian Fed. 91958 148735 154344
Ukraine 10829 15722 14670
Others 27000 33562 36886
Africa
Egypt 1438 4564 4931
Kenya 13955 17125 20356
Mauritius 13682 15107 15286
Nigeria 14080 13015 11184
South Africa 24127 27329 26661
Sudan 1328 1431 2117
Tanzania 10253 10902 12222
Others 30826 29558 31112
West Asia
Bahrain 3687 3728 4532
Iraq 8969 11170 14061
Israel 15629 18081 18492
Oman 18162 22099 32395
Saudi Arabia 7453 8235 11208
Turkey 5815 10860 10762
U.A.E. 21999 26169 30141
Yemen Arab Rep. 5578 7356 10159
Others 8815 11354 12241
South Asia
Afghanistan 18570 30293 30164
Iran 18930 14103 14581
Maldives 23903 21413 31160
Nepal 35105 35161 40327
Pakistan 25614 32197 42431
Bangladesh 152068 149078 254492
Sri Lanka 119090 100478 129387
Bhutan 5542 5631 6416
South East Asia
Indonesia 11144 12993 13208
Malaysia 89309 110891 122628
Myanmar 14040 17912 29883
Philippines 12629 19719 20236
Singapore 53238 57067 61197
Thailand 54463 63488 67841
Vietnam 5859 5873 7808
Others 1466 1776 3247
East Asia
China(Main) 43928 60625 66253
China(Taiwan) 12308 17816 17821
Japan 44003 64983 63221
Rep.of Korea 31199 40430 37832
Others 2735 2104 1789
Australasia
Australia 82661 91966 100940
New Zealand 16929 17952 18946
Others 1556 1591 1647
Not classified elsewhere 2369 10430 10672

IndianBureaucracy.com wishes the initiative its very best and hopes that some law be enacted like in Singapore for instant justice and punishment.

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