Abu Dhabi, Aug 16: As the diaspora in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated India's 69th Independence Day, many expatriates wished for the safety of women in India, a media report said on Sunday.
Excited about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE on Sunday and Monday, a surge of patriotism among Indians was evident.
While some of the residents stressed the need for freedom of women in India, many said freedom is not a problem, but more needs to be done for women's empowerment, Khaleej Times reported.
"In 1947, we received our identity, but we did not receive it that easily. Many people suffered for that freedom and that is why we can never forget ... (them)," Mudid Gupta, a resident of Abu Dhabi, said.
A group of young women at the celebrations said they hoped to see less crime and more safety for Indian women.
"The Independence Day celebrations hosted by the Indian mission in Dubai bring us closer to our home country. We try not to miss it because it keeps us close to home," Dubai resident Vandana Bhaskaran said.
"I try and attend the flag-hoisting ceremony in the consulate every year. It is important that our children learn more about our country and culture," Sharjah resident Rekha Sivadasan said.