Based on the information available from the reliable sources, Goa stands the second in the list of crime against the foreigners while the national capital Delhi scores the top in this list. Delhi is always been in the limelight for the crime against women but now they are also leading in the crimes against foreign tourists. But Goa being one of the most preferred tourism destinations in the world this is the shocking news for the tourism department of Goa. Read the complete story here.
The news in regards to the above was published in Indian Express by Aaron Pereira in which he made a shocking revelation that the Goa government did not have the data relating to crimes against foreigners till 2014 and that they have just started compiling it.
According to him despite the efforts to curb the crime in the city, Delhi topped the list of crimes against foreign tourists. In 2014 alone there were 135 cases being registered for the crimes against the foreign tourists in the national capital while 66 being registered in Goa making it second top most place in India. The total number of crimes registered against foreign nationals in that year stood at 384, claimed the sources.
But the shocking fact here is that the ministry of tourism claims that they do not have any data and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) had started compiling the data only in 2014. The data for 2015 is not yet made available claimed the sources.
Based on the data provided by MoS Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma, during the reply in the Lok Sabha the crime against women (both Indian and Foreign), NCRB data shows Delhi is right on the top of the list in the crime against tourists with 1,813 cases of rape registered in the year 2014 as against the 1,411 cases in 2013 and 585 in 2012. Mr. Sharma also elaborated on the steps taken by the tourism ministry to ensure the safety of both domestic and foreign tourists.
Sharma gave the brief details of the steps in the following manner, According to that, Government launched 24X7 tourist helpline 1800 111 363 that offers multi-lingual assistance. The helpline also provides the details on the steps taken during the emergency and in case required the helpline executives will also alert the authorities concerned in the particular vicinity. Sharma also said that the state governments/UT administrations of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have formed Tourist Police teams.
According to the government, the data shows the increase in foreign tourists’ arrivals for the period 2011 to 2015. However, there hasn’t been a drop in the number of women tourists visiting the country. According to 2014 data, the highest number of visitors were from the United States (4,93,472), followed by the United Kingdom (3,69,098) and Bangladesh (2,54,492), Russia (1,54,344) and Canada (1,24,309).
The sources have also informed that there was a rise in a number of women tourists visiting their country which went up to 70 percent in 2014 and that was much more compared to 2013. The number of women tourists visiting India from that country stood at 1, 49,078. The rise could be attributed to the introduction of new transportation routes between the two countries during that period.