After series of incidents in which female travellers from Japan fell victim to the sexual abuses in India, Japanese government has warned female travellers to India.
The government of Japan have issued a notice warning tourists “to be careful and behave cautiously” when travelling in India and particularly in parts of Kolkata that have a large number of backpacker hostels.
The warning does not mention the alleged rape, nonetheless it tells prospective tourists to be careful at places with cheap hotels where friendly people who say they are tour guides are not always to be trusted. It also warns of credit-card fraud and pickpocketing.
The warning is posted in Japanese on the consulate’s website :
Following a series of highly publicized attacks on women since the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012, foreign tourists, especially women, have growing reluctant to travel in India.
Though India has taken a number of steps to rein in sexual violence, including toughening the laws, attacks still continue.