India ranks fourth as the most dangerous place for women

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New Delhi, Jun 15: The increasing number of female infanticide, foeticide and human trafficking predominant in India has placed the country in the fourth position as the most dangerous place for women in the world, revealed a survey.

A survey conducted by Thomson Reuters' Trustlaw Women, a hub of legal information and legal support for women's rights said that Afghanistan presently is the most dangerous place for women followed by Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia .

The poll asked 213 experts in the field from five continents to rank countries on their overall perception of danger as well as by six key categories of risk, health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, harmful practices rooted in culture, tradition and/or religion, lack of access to economic resources and human trafficking.

The poll said that India has secured the fourth rank primarily due to female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking. Though the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act was passed in 1956, even today many cases are reported on trafficking young girls and women for prostitution.

Even in today's developing India, there are many desperate parents who would opt for foeticide and infanticide. Indian states like Rajasthan, UP and Tamil Nadu still have a preference for male child or trepidation over female.

India's Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta in 2009 had commented that at least 100 million people were involved in human trafficking in India, according to the survey. It was estimated by the CBI that in the year 2009, nearly 90 per cent of trafficking took place within the country and that there were three million prostitutes, of which 40 per cent were children.

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