Safety Of Women Is Not A Concern For Tourism, Canadian Minister Tells India

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By Tendar Tsering | March 18, 2013 10:57 PM EST

As the world is intrigued by dominating Indian headlines on increasing rape cases in recent months, Canadian Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, Maxime Bernier told India that the safety of women tourists in India is not an issue as far as Canadian tourists travelling to India is concerned.

The minister made the comment while he was in India in recent days, organizing road shows and campaigning to attract Indians to travel to Canada.

"We are giving a big push to the focus to attract all sections of Indians, especially the burgeoning middle class to travel to Canada," the Hindu news paper Monday quoted the minister as saying.

"We are organising various road shows, meeting a lot of people connected with the travel world and now nearly 68 flights connect India with Canada every week which was something exceptional. We are also looking towards students as potential messengers of goodwill who want to study in Canada. We are looking at signing formally a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Tourism Ministry for cooperation in various sectors and students could be the possible focus of this MoU," said Maxime Bernier.

With the extension of its liberal visa policy in recent months, Canada had granted nearly 130,000 visas to the Indians.

Last month Chinese Embassy in New Delhi urged all its citizens in India, especially women tourists or immigrants to remain alert after a Chinese woman was raped in the Indian capital.

"India is known for rampant rapes against women and Delhi is called 'rape capital of the world," reported a Chinese media February 8 following the rape case.

Swiss woman tourist was raped by a group of people in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh Saturday Night while her husband was tied to a nearby tree.

Saying that the rape case has put the name of India to shame across the world, the state Congress president Kantilal Bhuria and the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Ajay Singh are planning to sit on protest to highlight the increasing crimes against women in the country. 

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