Union tourism minister declares India as safe compared to many other countries

Published on : Sunday, October 29, 2017

Yogi AdityanathThe Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons said after a Swiss couple was attacked in Agra, that India is safer compared to many developed countries of the world.

Alphons had written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asking him to take necessary steps and swift action against those accused, since such incidents negatively impact tourism in the country.

Alphons said while trying to alleviate people’s fears, “India is safe. Compare the number of incidents in India to the US where shooting sprees happen almost in every city everyday killing people. Then there are terror attacks in Paris and across Europe. Compared to that India is a very safe destination. We are 1.3 billion people. How many incidents take place in India? Very, very few. But of course these are unfortunate incidents and should not happen.”

Quentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and his girlfriend Marie Droz (24), who came to India on September 30, were allegedly attacked by a group of men near the railway station at Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh last Sunday. The Swiss nationals were reportedly left bloodied and bruised by the attackers.

The minister had said earlier that the “stories” of India being unsafe for foreign tourists are “exaggerated”. According to the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against foreign tourists had reduced by 29.4 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year.

In 2014, 384 of such cases were reported from across the country, the NCRB said, adding that the number came down to 271 in 2015.

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