A survey of experts by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has found that India is the world’s most dangerous country for women.

550 experts on women's issues were consulted for the report, and asked to rank which of the 193 United Nations member states were worst for women.  Countries were scored against categories such as access to healthcare, discrimination, cultural traditions, human trafficking and violence against women.

Assessing the overall risks that women face across the world, India topped the list due to the prevalence of issues such as human trafficking, sexual slavery, domestic servitude, gender based violence and for traditional practices like forced marriage, child marriage, female infanticide and stoning.

Ranking at number 4 in 2011's survey, the latest report* sees India move to the top of the poll with critics arguing that this demonstrates not enough is being done to protect women's rights in the country:

India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women ... rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and harassment, female infanticide has gone unabated

Manjunath Gangadhara, Karnataka state government official

The United States of America was the only Western nation to be included in the top 10 list, tying 3rd place with Syria when respondents were asked to rank the most dangerous countries for the amount of sexual violence, coercion into sex and levels of sexual harassment. 

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The 2018 list:

  1. India

  2. Afghanistan

  3. Syria

  4. Somalia

  5. Saudi Arabia

  6. Pakistan

  7. Democratic Republic of Congo

  8. Yemen

  9. Nigeria

  10. USA

In terms of topics, the polling results ranked India as the most dangerous in the world for the risk of sexual violence and harassment, dangers from cultural, tribal and traditional practices and the risk of human trafficking. 

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* The world's most dangerous countries for women 2018, Thomson Foundation, http://poll2018.trust.org/ accessed 26/06/18.