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#RAPEFEARS: Violence against women "Keeping US Students Away from India" - Envoy

The American ambassador to India says that frequent reports of violence against women in the country may be putting off more American students from travelling to the sub-continent.

Speaking at a university near Ranchi in Jharkhand, Ambassador Nancy Powell said: "The concern for personal security and perceived increased danger to women as a result of the rape cases was perhaps a factor in US students' decision regarding study in India."

Among the concerns expressed to Ms Powell during her visit to the Xavier Institute of Social Sciences was the harassment faced by female students of the Institute with one student saying that “Eve Teasing” and “Cat Calls” are an “everyday occurrence” inside and outside the campus.

Whilst India is fast becoming a popular destination for students from Asia, Africa and Europe, the country remains low on the list for American students and graduates.

In 2012, a powerful blog written by a University of Chicago student for CNN was reported around the word when she described the relentless sexual harassment she faced in India during an educational trip sponsored by her University.

A string of attacks that have targeted foreign women tourists have added to traveller fears although the country remains one of the world’s top tourist destinations.



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