In its most recent travel warning for American visitors to India, the US has identified “rape” as a key issue, placing India in the ‘Level 2’ category of travel locations.
The recommendation, issued on November 15 by the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the US State Department, advised American travelers to exercise “enhanced vigilance” when visiting India, stating that “violent crime, such as sexual assault, has occurred at tourist destinations and in other locales.”
This is not the first time that the United States has included sexual assault as a problem in its travel warnings for India. It was brought up before in 2018 and 2019 when the US urged female travelers to exercise caution.
The US State Department categorizes nations’ travel warnings into four categories. Level 2 indicates “use additional caution,” whereas Level 1 means “use standard precautions.” Level 3 means “reconsider travel,” while Level 4 means “do not travel.”
Apart from sexual offenses, the advice cites an increase in terrorism, ethnic unrest, and Maoist uprising as reasons why American visitors should take caution when visiting India.
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