Monday, October 20, 2014

India: Russian Tourist, 23, Molested, Beaten Up, Robbed Near Goa

According to http://www.oneinida.in, a 23-year-old Russian woman was molested, beaten up and robbed at Baga Beach, one of Goa's most popular beaches, police reported on Sunday (October 19) in Panaji.

The victim was reportedly walking along the beach, located 20 kilometers from Panaji, when unknown assailants, slapped her, tore her clothing and robbed her gold chain worth Rs. 33,000 (US$490.00) on Saturday (October 18).

COMMENT: I continue to be puzzled as to why so many solo victims of violent crime worldwide intentionally choose to put themselves at risk, particularly when wearing such a tempting piece of jewelry in a country known for widespread criminality.

Admittedly, the victim obviously treasured her gold chain, yet a personal security awareness lapse in walking alone in what can only be described as a high-risk nation for single women and placing herself at risk resulted in her becoming a victim of violent crime.

Let's examine some demographics. India has 1.2 billion people. The per capita income is $5,777, which renders it 133rd in the world. 

Unfortunately, very few foreign travelers assess a country's criminality in terms of potential risk of being injured in a violent crime. News Flash! They should.

Goa's beaches have been under the spotlight for being unsafe to foreign tourists, especially women in recent years.

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