The tourism minister of India has warned female tourists and visitors not to wear skirts in order to guarantee their 'safety'.
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, a 15 year old girl was kidnapped off the street in Agra by three men who raped her for hours while driving around in a van.
At a press conference to address the issue the next day, the tourism minister Mahesh Sharma made the comments which simply blame rape and sexual harassment on the vistims.
The Indian tourism minister said that female visitors and tourists traveling to the India should not wear skirts “for their own safety.”
This is not the first Sharma would make such a controversial remarks about how women in India ought to behave.
In 2015, he said that women going out at night might be acceptable for elsewhere, “but it is not part of Indian culture.”
In 2012, a woman was gang raped in Delhi till she died, leading to massive worldwide protests and sexual assault law reforms in India.
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The year after the rape, foreign tourism dropped by 25 percent. India has since tried to reform its image and show that the country is safe for female tourists.
However, in light of the tourism minister's recent comments, it is obvious that the country is unsafe for women and the government is reluctant to tackle the predatory men and would rather blame women for their actions.