The 10 Most Unsafe Cities for Women in India


Though it’s currently one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, not all developments in India have been positive. In the past decade, crimes against women have significantly increased in the country. As a matter of fact, almost 90% of all reported atrocities were committed on women and girls.

Each day, women are exposed to danger as soon as they leave their homes, and they are often even blamed for prompting the crime. These aren’t just cases of leering or obscene remarks; many involve groping in public areas, sometimes even gang rape or rape-murder. The ugly truth, according to government statistics, is that a woman is raped in India every 20 minutes.

Many metropolitan areas in India have become capitals of sex crime and domestic violence. As gathered from recent surveys and reports, the following are the 10 most unsafe cities for women in India, in no particular order.

1. Delhi (NCR)

For the past several years, India’s national capital has consistently been declared as the most dangerous city for women. The metro even gained a reputation for being the “rape capital” of the country, as highlighted by the cases of gang rape in the past few months. 84% of those surveyed agree that Delhi is the most unsafe places for women.

Public opinion is verified by government statistics: 635 women were raped in Delhi in 2012, and 572 in 2011. Of all the cities in India, it has the most cases of rape, molestation, assault and sexual harassment.

2. Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Although Mumbai didn’t rank high in surveys, government data reveals a high number of incidents. There were over 200 rapes and 500 molestation reports in the past year, and many victims were minors. In recent weeks, there have been rape-murders and child sexual abuse.

3. Bangalore (Karnataka)

“India’s Silicon Valley” is a rapidly growing commercial capital, industrial hub and a well-known travel destination. However, it has the highest crime rate in South India, and many of the victims are women.

48% of Bangalore’s female residents feel unsafe in the city, particularly when travelling alone or working at night. On top of almost 100 reports of rape, sexual harassment and snatching have also increased in the past year.

5. Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)

2012 and 2011 each received almost 4,000 reports of crimes against women. Many of these were domestic, such as spousal abuse and dowry deaths. An average 140 rapes are also reported every year.

4. Gurgaon (Haryana)

Gurgaon developed into a major commercial and industrial center while becoming one of the most unsafe cities for women in India. There have been frequent cases of rape, kidnapping and harassment, usually targeting working ladies and solo females.

5. Kolkata (West Bengal)

Kolkata has similarly grown hazardous for women and girls. Incidents of public harassment, assault, abduction, unnatural sex and rape have multiplied in recent years. Many household helpers were raped by their employers, and so were female patients in hospitals.

6. Meerut (Uttar Pradesh)

Surveys place Meerut as one of India’s most unsafe cities in general. With the rate of gang rape and molestation, 90% of females surveyed don’t feel safe about living or working in the area.

7. Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh)

Despite being hailed as “the Global City of the Future”, Vijayawada has grown more hostile toward women. In 2012, at least one rape case was recorded monthly. There were also over a hundred snatchings, 16 dowry deaths, and several cases of child sexual abuse.

8. Pune (Maharashtra)

Aside from forced sex and kidnapping, cruelty by husbands or in-laws is also common in Maharashtra’s cultural capital.

9. Guwahati (Assam)

The state of Assam follows the National Capital in the amount of violence against women. Its largest city, Guwahati, is noted for frequent assault, mob rape and molestation.

10. Ahmedabad (Gujarat)

Though it now places lower in surveys and statistics, Ahmedabad remains as one of the most unsafe cities for women in India. It has one of the highest numbers of wife beaters in the country, as well as numerous incidents of rape and harassment.

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