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Taiwan issues alert for travel to India by females

Taiwan issues alert for travel to India by females

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Taiwanese women intending to visit India should be alert to their personal safety, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday. The ministry issued the advisory amid reports of sexual assaults in India against foreign female tourists, including women from Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Women from Taiwan should not travel alone in India and should avoid sparsely populated areas if they do go to that country, the ministry said in a statement. In the interest of safety, female tourists in India should use pre-paid airport taxis and taxis that line up at hotels instead of taking street cabs or pedicabs, the ministry advised. In the event of an emergency, travelers can dial 100 on a special line that connects to Indian police, while cell phone users can call 112, the ministry said. Taiwanese citizens can also seek the assistance of Taiwan's representative office in India, the ministry added. According to foreign wire service reports, Indian police have arrested six men in the past few days for allegedly gang-raping a Swiss woman while she was camping in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on March 15. The assault on the 39-year-old Swiss woman came three months after a 23-year-old paramedical student was gang-raped and beaten in a moving bus and thrown bleeding on to the street, which resulted in her death. The attacks have sparked outrage in India and widespread international attention. (By Rogge Chen and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-01-17 13:25 GMT+08:00