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New Delhi: In its latest travel notice for U.S. travelers arriving in India, the U.S. has highlighted “rape” as one of its main concerns, placing India in the “Level 2” category of destinations. journey.
The notice, which was issued by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Consular Affairs on Nov. 15, called on U.S. travelers to be “more careful” while traveling in India, already which said: “Violent crimes, such as sexual assault, have occurred in tourist places and elsewhere.”
“Indian authorities report that rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Violent crimes have been committed, such as sexual assault, in tourist places and elsewhere,” the notice states.
This is not the first time the U.S. has highlighted sexual assault as a concern in its travel warnings in India. It stood out in early 2018 and 2019, when the United States had asked traveling women to be careful.
The U.S. Department of State follows four categories of travel notices for countries. Level 2 denotes “exercise greater caution,” while level 1 means “exercise normal precautions.” Level 3 indicates “reconsider travel”, and finally level 4 is used for destinations where the warning is “do not travel”.
Aside from sex crimes, the warning also refers to the rise of terrorism, the uprising of ethnic groups and the Maoist rebellion as some of the reasons why American travelers should be careful while traveling in the United States. ‘India.
Terrorist attack, civil unrest in J&K
Aside from sex crimes, the warning has also advised American travelers to avoid visiting some popular tourist sites in Jammu and Kashmir because of the risk of terrorist attacks and civil unrest.
“Terrorist attacks and violent civil unrest are possible in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Avoid all travel to this state (except for visits to the eastern region of Ladakh and its capital, Leh),” he said. notice.
He added: “Sporadic violence occurs especially along the line of control (LOC) that separates India and Pakistan, and in the tourist destinations of the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam. The Indian government prohibits that foreign tourists visit certain areas along the LOC “.
The warning also speaks of “strong military presence” on both sides of the India-Pakistan border.
Caution against travel to northeast, central and eastern India
The warning has also warned Americans not to travel to the northeastern part of India due to “incidents of violence by insurgent ethnic groups, including bombings of buses, trains, railroads and markets, “which” occasionally occur in the Northeast. ”
U.S. government employees are banned from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur without the special permission of the U.S. consulate general in Calcutta, the notice added.
On central and eastern India, he claimed that in these parts Maoist or Naxalite extremist groups are “largely active”. He has advised American travelers not to go to areas of eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, especially in the rural areas of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh. , Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal. , in Odisha.
“Naxalites have carried out frequent terrorist attacks against local police, paramilitary forces and government officials,” he said, adding that “due to the fluid nature of the threat,” all government travelers from the United States to states with naxalite activity “must receive special authorization from the U.S. consulate responsible for the area to be visited.”