Women should not travel alone, according to a travel alert given by the US embassy in New Delhi. Jammu and Kashmir is likewise referred to as a “state” rather than a “union territory” in the embassy advisory.
“According to Indian officials, rape is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country. “Do not travel alone, particularly if you are a woman,” the US embassy caution said, adding that “violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist destinations and in other locations.”
It has also warned its people to exercise more vigilance in India owing to crime and terrorism, according to the most recent alert.
Due to terrorism and civil instability, it also advised US nationals not to travel to the “state of Jammu and Kashmir” (excluding the eastern Ladakh area and its capital, Leh).
The mention of Jammu and Kashmir contradicts the present situation: the state’s unique status under Article 370 was revoked in 2019 and the state was divided into union regions.
The US embassy has previously raised concerns about women’s safety. It was reported in March 2019 by Indian officials that rape is one of the fastest-growing crimes in India, and that extra care was advised. The alert stated, “Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has happened at tourist spots and other locales.” In 2019, the United States issued a warning to women in India, advising them to avoid travelling alone and to be aware of their surroundings.
Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.