US, UK and western countries warn citizens against travel to India due crime and violence: Report

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US, UK and western countries warn citizens against travel to India due crime and violence: Report

NEW DELHI - US and other western countries have asked their citizens to exercise caution in their travels India due to reported incidents of crime and violence.

The US reviewed its advisories placing India on Level 2 and suggesting increased caution. Canada also issued its updated travel advisory on March 21 asking citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution in India due to a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country at all times".

The UK in its February 21, 2018, dated advisory suggested a high degree of caution as "terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in India" and asked the British to "be vigilant" in the wake of "an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets, festival venues and beaches".

International travel advisories against India are "hugely biased" and "uncalled for" because crime and violent incidents in the country are only "few and far between", says Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons.

In an interview with IANS, the minister asserted India was a "perfectly safe" tourist destination for foreigners and the government was making efforts to get negative advisories against the country removed.

"Most of these advisories are hugely biased. I don't want to use the word racially biased. Like the advisory for Assam is still on Level 2. Why? Such advisories are completely uncalled for," he said.

Mr Alphons said the External Affairs Ministry had been taking up the issue with various countries and of course Prime Minister Narendra Modi's global diplomacy was the "best message" that painted India as a safe place.

"You know incidents are deplorable but they are so few and far between. The issue is that the foreign media is hugely biased against India."