I just came across this article, all about how India is one of the world's less friendly places for women. This comes as a surprise, as India has a female president, and has had a female prime minister. Certainly, when I first arrived in India, from Egypt, it felt like a breath of fresh air to see women walking around freely, baring skin, and participating in popular culture.
And yet, this report reminded me, somewhat painfully, of my experience in Delhi at the festival of colors, Holi. Yes, the post is from the very beginning of my blogging life, so it isn't quite as slick as the posts are now - but give it a look. I wrote it while still on the road, while the memories of being publicly groped and even HAVING MY MOUTH COVERED were fresh in my mind.
I would love to hear what you guys think about being a woman in today's India. My experience is limited, as I was only there for a particular period of time, in particular places. Also, I am fair-skinned and blue-eyed, and was traveling with a blonde friend, so we tended to stick out a lot everywhere we went.
As a somewhat-related aside, I also saw today that Oprah has pissed off some Indian folks by filming a fairly stereotypical portrait of the nation. I haven't watched the film, but I wonder what it says about Indians perception of their own country and outsiders' ideas of what is accurate.
What do you think? Is India a female-friendly place? How do the perceptions of India to Indians and non-Indians match up - or not? Leave your comments below, or find me on Twitter!