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I'll be traveling in India from Jan - April with my girlfriend.

With all this news I've been having second thoughts about our safety.

Sounds like something to reconsider. Sorry about the botched travel plans, but I'd feel uncomfortable with it, too.

If nothing else, there's always the 'ol, "Vote with your wallet", e.g. in this case visit somewhere more progressive and spend your time/money there.

Definitely. Make sure it's not [Egypt](http://www.juancole.com/2012/12/fundamentalist-constitution-...).

Europe is fine, I guess, but you go there for a different reason than you would to a place like India. There's probably little quite like it - for better or worse.

A few words of advice:

Go with a very specific plan - Book all your hotels, taxis, trains/flights even before you reach there (check makemytrip.com). Avoid pilgrimage centers. Don't trust anyone who offers help; politely say no, even (esp) if they insist. Don't roam around in the night.

May be its not fair to call it an isolated incident since similar events have occurred in the past, but its generally better to follow common safety guidelines whenever you're travelling. Such events can happen anywhere, but it always helps to be extra careful.

regarding rapes , yes it does happen everywhere , but there is a cultural problem in India too. My girlfriend spent time both in Bangladesh and India. In Bangladesh, which is not the safest place on earth for women and not an exemple for women's rights, she never had a problem, most people were kind and respectfull. In India people in the street were trying to grop her all the time and she clearly felt like she was not welcome there. And she was dressed in a decent fashion ...

I agree. Its a shame since things were not like that a few decades ago. Its getting worse, but I guess the entire country is in a cultural transition, so I hope these issues go away in the coming generations.

You need not worry about your safety. I stay in India and feel pretty secure. It's just that the government is a bit blunt at times.

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