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Female tourists shun India after gang rape

By Simon Calder in New Delhi

Published 01/04/2013

The number of female tourists visiting India has fallen by more than a third since the gang-rape in which a 23-year-old student was killed.

Following that murder in Delhi, a Swiss couple on a cycling trip were attacked in Madhya Pradesh state. The woman was gang-raped as her husband was held at gunpoint.

Four days later, a British woman in Agra jumped from a second-floor hotel room when she feared the manager was trying to break in.

A report from the country's Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry says: "The inflows of women tourists have gone down by 35pc and overall tourism (has fallen) by 25pc."

In particular, women travellers from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia were cancelling in large numbers.

The organisation added the recent violent cases had "raised concerns about the safety of female travellers to the country".

(© Independent News Service)

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