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In India, rape problem is keeping tourists away

Women tourists are shying away from visiting India, reports the New York Times, thanks to a number of highly-publicized rapes. In December, the gang rape and subsequent death of an Indian woman in a moving bus sparked mass protests, and and several foreign women were also assaulted in subsequent months. Even female business travelers are wary of the environment. In a separate blog post, the Times reported that tourism to the country has decreased 25% since December, and the number of women tourists has fallen 35% alone. The tourism slump has serious potential to damage India's economy: the travel industry accounts for 6% of the country's GDP, and keeps tens of millions employed. 

Read it at The New York Times

June 11, 2013 2:50 PM