US travel advisory to India warns about crime, terror

New Delhi: The US embassy in New Delhi has issued a travel advisory, where it has asked women to not travel alone. The embassy advisory also refers to Jammu and Kashmir as a “state”, instead of Union Territory.

“Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest-growing crimes in India. Violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist sites and in other locations,” the US embassy advisory said, urging that “Do not travel alone, particularly if you are a woman”.

In the latest advisory, it has also asked its citizens to exercise increased caution to India due to crime and terrorism.

It also asked US citizens to not travel to the “state of Jammu and Kashmir” (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest.

This is not the first time that the US embassy has flagged women’s safety. In March 2019, it had said that Indian authorities report rape as one of the fastest-growing crimes in India and asked to exercise increased caution.

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