Not all Indians are rapists just like not all Pakistanis are terrorists

Published: July 29, 2017
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Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik gives final touches to his sand sculpture at Puri beach on October 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

As a Pakistani, I always thought of the Indian media as anti-Pakistani and excessively nationalistic. So when I recently got the opportunity to work with Indian journalists, I was not sure what to expect.

I was on my way to London for the Chevening/South Asia Journalism Fellowship. The program brought 17 leading journalists from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives to live and work together in London for two months. Getting off the plane at Heathrow Airport, I wondered what it would be like to have a frank conversation with an Indian journalist. India is almost four times the size of Pakistan, yet their news media seem to be obsessed with us. My thoughts, as I settled into my temporary flat, revolved around wondering if they were the same as the journalists who seem nothing more than hatemongers. After all, they are all part of the same media machine.

On my second day in London, I thought I would cook something and invite my new fellows over for dinner and some conversation. To my surprise, senior journalist Sudhakar Reddy Udumula from Hyderabad, India, beat me to it. He extended an invitation to me and other fellow journalists from the program to join him for dinner. That night, we discussed the rise of right-wing politics over home-cooked rice and chicken.

Hina and Anshuman Tiwari.

Udumula’s dinner table became a space for frank conversations. We would huddle into his studio apartment, and while he did most of the cooking, we talked about hard issues such as extremismcaste system, the separatist movements, the Kashmir conflict, and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We also shared jokes like the one about the pungent smell of Indian cooking that lingers long after the occupants leave, and how estate agents use cinnamon sticks to get rid of it.

Soon, we were showing each other videos of our families, and every discussion about home was followed by an invitation to our countries. When Udumula suggested that I visit India, I told him,

“My family would not allow it because India is unsafe for women. Besides, I am a Pakistani.”

He had this look of veiled frustration on his face and he said earnestly,

Not all of us are rapists, just like not all of you are terrorists.”

It was déjà vu.

Three years ago, I said the same thing to an American (a devout Catholic) during a similar conversation,

“Not all of us are terrorists, just like not all of you are paedophiles.”

He was not the only Indian in London I could relate to. Anshuman Tiwari, a senior business journalist from Delhi, always appreciated my ability to quiz the media professionals we met during the fellowship program. He shared my love for fitness and Urdu poetry, surprising me with quotes from Jaun Elia. Tiwari had visited Pakistan and agreed with my concerns about Pakistan’s economy.

Every time we I took a road trip, went for coffee or visited a museum, I learnt something new about life in India. Take cinema, for example, many Indian people budget a portion of their salaries just for cinema outings. It is about enjoying life despite having limited means.

As our program was approaching its end, I realised that my perception of India was limited to what I had seen in Bollywood movies and a handful of news channels. I wondered how I could have gone most of my life with such a narrow view of such an immense and diverse society. But conversely, I saw that my Indian friends also had a skewed idea of life in Pakistan. I often found myself trying to explain to them the complexities of my multi-faceted society.

Cohort.

On our last day in London, our conversation turned towards education and how children should be raised. Udumula moved me deeply when he told me he’d want his daughter to be like me when she grows up. I didn’t have the words to respond to that. We came to London as strangers but were leaving as friends.

It is truly unfortunate that our media only focuses on stories about hate and war. Too often, Indian nationalism is used as a synonym for anti-Pakistani sentiment, and vice versa. But that does not need to be the case, and it should not be the case. We have far more in common than it appears, for instance, our love for cricket.

The ICC Champion’s Trophy cricket tournament started soon after I returned to Pakistan. During the matches between India and Pakistan, our entire group exchanged messages, which devolved into play-by-play commentary. We acknowledged one side for outplaying the other. We wished we could be watching the game together.

Hina, Sudhakar, Rifat and Nida.

As I write this article, I realise the 70th anniversary of Partition is just a couple of weeks away. This is the first time I will celebrate our Independence Day knowing that I have friends across the border.

All photos: Hina Ali

Hina Ali

Hina Ali

The author is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and a journalist. Her work focuses on human rights and politics. She is a 'Hubert H. Humphrey' and a 'Chevening SAJP' Fellow. She tweets as @alikhina (twitter.com/alikhina)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • vinsin

    Never heard that Indian is unsafe for women. India has lowest rape rate in the world India nationalism has nothing to do with Pakistan. Conspiracy theories and hatred towards minorities defines Pakistani.Recommend

  • Srikant Tellikepalli

    Well written…
    For Indians – What we need to understand is the dilemma that more a Politian and media talks about anti-Pakistan, more rating it gets but I am sure hat peace lovers are there on both side.
    For Pakistanis, I have a advice not too much carried away with Anti Pakistan rhetoric in India. Majority wants peace in the region. I know vast majority of Pakistanis believe the Mumbai and other such incidents were fabricated to defame Pakistan but the truth lies somewhere in between.
    Let peace prevail.Recommend

  • Ab Rar

    Moment bharat sheds its ambitions of akhand bharat, peace will be an automatic eventuality. The moment bharat stops persecuting Muslims for eating beef while at the same time be the largest exporter of beef in the world .. peace will be an automatic eventuality ..Recommend

  • Gautam

    Not all Pakistanis should be deemed as Paedophiles because of their religious affiliation. Some bad apples are wrecking it for everyone.Recommend

  • Tom

    there are lot more rapes happening in pakistan than in India. Custodial rapes, 7 yr. olds sold in marriage to 50 yr. old men and kidnap-rape-convert-marriage are common everyday occurrence in pakistan. So shut up with India and rape, I am sure it happens. But public will know about it because they are reported, unlike pakistan where the raped girl will be killed for pakistani honor.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Hey Hina ,you listen…for all of us ,pakistan is a dreaded terrorist country and your writing is not gonna change this fact a bit..Secondly if you dont want to visit India,its all your wish.I dont know who this person was to whom you met..May be he is reading this blog and responds to it.But pakistan is all about terror and there is no two ways about it.I m not gonna discuss about womens safety in india here coz it should not be your concern.you must strive to make pakistan terror free.Also teach your countrymen some humanity.They really dont behave like one..Recommend

  • Apoorv Swarup

    India does enjoy an undeserved reputation globally as far as safety of women is concerned, hailing from Bombay I can vouch for the fact that a woman traveling alone even at 2-3am in the city is way safer than even say in parts of London (which is rife with knife crime) leave alone places like Birmingham (have no reference point to compare it with cities in Pakistan but I’m pretty sure it would be safer as well). Amazes me that the author had such a strong preconceived notion about the country. Most Indians would ideally have no opinion on Pakistan (like they do for most other neighboring countries e.g. Myanmar/Nepal/Bhutan) if it weren’t for explicit support of terrorist groups by their state apparatus.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    Its a misconception among Pakistanis that rape is prevalent more in India than in their own country. As per UN, the rate of rape per capita (population of 100,000) is 7.86 in Pakistan & 1.82 in India. Also a high percentage of rapes are not recorded in Pakistan as the rate of unreported rape is much higher in Pakistan compared to India. In Pakistan women are mostly caged in their homes & don’t enjoy much freedom wheras in India you’ll find women everywhere doing all kinds of jobs.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Nice….and yes there are sensible people on both sides.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    in list of ~200 countries , India is not even in TOP 50 Rape rate. In ~200 Terrorism Index, Pakistan is not in TOP 3 (its just 4th) , number of foreign born terrorist Pakistan is not TOP 1, (its just second, ref:newsweek), most terror attackers in USA are from USA herself (73) Pakistan is not the TOP, it is just second (62 in number). We have to fully agree with intentions of Writer that All Pakistanis are not Terrorists only 2-5% ( 5-10 million ) are terrorists or 10-20% (20-40 million, size of KSA, Afghanistan, iraq or canada ) are supporters / sympathizers then we shouldnt blame all other whooping 80% of good hearted people.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Nice try to portray women in India unsafe,Pakistan is a lot more restrictive to women than India thanks to religion.Plus google Lasur and you will know who the rapists areRecommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Per capita rapes r 35 times more in Uk and 30 times more in USA compared to India. Per capita terrorists and suicide bombers in India is zero but it 0.25 ie quarter of a Pakistani is willing to do terror or blow himself. After Khudba of Jumma, every Pakistani is terrorist. In the first ayaat repeated on Jumma asks MohMaddens to kill kaffir.Recommend

  • Yogi Berra

    There is a reason why Indians do not like Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Ahmed Haseeb

    Der Vinsin, Please follow international media and you and others would be enlightened. But that’s not the point here author is trying to make. There are other problems in India as you know but what lady is saying is that look for those who love peace and reject warmongers. That’s the only way.Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    HAHA!! Good joke IndianRecommend

  • PorkSmasher

    Rapes happens everywhere but terrorist factories are only operating on Pakistani soil.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Don’t come.
    You are NOT welcome here.Recommend

  • Osama

    What an idiot you are. What does the truth lies in between mean?Recommend

  • NewIndia

    Atleast i am sure all Pakistanis are terrorists……Recommend

  • Irfan Farooqui

    Ya we all knows that all indians are rapistRecommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    Also all indians are uglier. Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • Rajendra Kumar

    Have a look at rape statistics world wide and where India stands in the list;
    http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Rape-rate

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics

    Indian media is highly sensitive to rapes and this is why every case in blown out so much that government takes tough measures to protect women.Recommend

  • abhi

    Really?Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    The difference is that Indians are only considered “rapists” in Pakistan but Pakistanis are considered “terrorists” pretty much all over the world. Name one Indian who was involved in a rape incidnt outside INdia & I’ll name dozens of Pakistanis involved in terrorism outside Pakistan.Recommend

  • Simla

    People from India’s neighbouring country not only rape their own little girls but they go on to rape white little girls in UK. Case in point Rotherham. What happened to the children of Kasur. Everyday I read Express Tribune and Dawn. Quite often I find rapes ordered by village jirga, honour killing, girl children married off as punishment for crimes committed by another member of their family. There was an article in another leading Pakistani newspaper that every month about 25 Hindu girls are abducted, raped and converted to Islam. What do say to that. If you had an iota of integrity, you would not be commenting on India.Recommend

  • Rahul

    In Pakistan the establishment sponsors terrorism as state policy, North Korea may be the only other place that does the same.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    for Pakistan, India is everywhere. You will see 1 to 9 top news in newspapers (like dawn, tribune) related to India like modi, bollywood, muslim beating. Their world is limited, Most of people think that Fawad khan is extremely popular in India. Pakistani drams are seen everyday in India.Recommend

  • Reddy

    right ,india with lowest per capita rape in the world is unsafe for women,pakistan with highest per capita bombings,suicide bombers is the safest country…sure,pakistanis are not welcome in my country..even if you want to visit,u couldn’t..as we already stopped giving visas to pakistanis from all walks of life..Recommend

  • Sane

    For some section of Indians, hatred against Pakistan is deep rooted. They are not ready to listen any rational argument and want to live in their shell. Indian politics revolves around hate against Pakistan and Muslims. While there is nothing such thing in Pakistani politics. This is the basic difference.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ata Khan

    If we look for problems, we will find problems. If we look for solutions, we will find solutions. Loved your article Hina. I can relate to it having excellent FB friends in India. We are just like a family and avoid discussing negatives.
    I would always want to be part of the solution, not the problem. Generalizing everything is never the solution.Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    How does you talking about your neighbor helps the rape crisis happening in india where girls are blamed for being raped? Just because they stayed out late at night or wear jeans and shorts. There is no daily rape or honor killing news in in dawn or express tribune unlike in Indian media a rape news is publish every hour and worst thing is you men blame your own women for being raped.Recommend

  • Simla

    There are no rational arguments in this blog. A rational arguments would contain stats of rape per 100, 000 of population per country, not just anecdotes. How can Pakistanis talk about facts when there was no census in Pakistan between 1998 and 2017.
    Take a simple challenge. Over one week period count how many stories, editorials, opinion pieces and blogs are run on India on this very newspaper. Indians would not be on these pages if you just concentrated on your country.Recommend

  • Simla

    May be in Pakistan looks can get you wherever you want to be but in India and the rest of the world , it’s what you have in between your ears counts. Brain trumps looks every time.Recommend

  • Simla

    And yours don’t? Then why do you need 4 witness to prove rape? Rape is reprehensible anywhere. However, India does not blame victims collectively. Again anecdotal evidence does not count. If you think Pakistan’s rape crisis is anywhere smaller than the Indian one, you are much confused. Do some research on line and look up the stats. Pakistanis have a myriad of problems in their own country, lack of electricity, trade deficit, lack of education, lack of clean drinking water, no healthcare, not to mention thousand other social problems, but all they do is to bury their heads in sand and focus on India. Just because you say there are no rapes reported in Dawn or ET doesn’t necessarily make it so. Recommend

  • Simla

    According to Women’s Studies professor Shahla Haeri, rape in Pakistan is “often institutionalized and has the tacit and at times the explicit approval of the state”.[4][5] According to lawyer Asma Jahangir, who is a co-founder of the women’s rights group Women’s Action Forum, up to seventy-two percent of women in custody in Pakistan are physically or sexually abused.[6]Recommend

  • Simla

    India and Pakistan are both 3rd world countries, both inherited patriarchic culture and backward mindset. However, India through education has made some strides in female emancipation but there is still a long way to go. More rapes are being reported nowadays in India than compared to say 20 years ago. Pakistan having a low score in all human development indices than India is less developed, therefore not all rapes are reported in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Strategic Voice

    Please stay away from India Hina. It’s a request. You are not invited.Recommend

  • Strategic Voice

    First you didn’t check what is true picture of rapes in india. From all fronts, Pakistan has much much HIGHER problem related to sexual violence, assault, rapes, honour killings. There is not even a comparison here.
    Secondly, even 1 terrorist in a population of 1 million can spread havoc and kill hundreds. Even most secure locations in Lahore have been struck. Recommend

  • Strategic Voice

    That is how free media works. We take women issues seriously and that’s why in a country of 1.3 billion, every incident of rape should and does become a national conversation.
    And about Pakistan, even celebrities like Qandeer Baloch were killed in name of honour. Thousands of little girls get sexually assaulted, minority girls get abducted and forcefully converted. Even in most cosmopolitan cities and “liberal” university (by pak standards), there is segregation, violence, rapes etc…There’s not even a comparison with any other country (perhaps Afghanistan only) over sexual violence against women in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Strategic Voice

    Pakistani troll under Indian name spotted.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    All Mongolians were not Mongols, all Uzbeks were not Babar like Mughals… All PakJabis were not Tikka Khans, Niyazis, Yahyas but they killed 3 Million, gang raped 400K, 11M evicted from homes the Bangalis in 9 months from March of 1971. Sadistic brutalized people become terrorists and rapists.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    Perhaps you have not seen the documentary “Hidden Shame” which highlights the rampant rapes of children in Pakistan or the documentary “A girl in the river” which highlights the sorry plight of women in Pakistan. Btw, both are made by Pakistanis. Nobody in India denies that India has a rape problem but unlike in Pakistan, we deal with our problems instead of shoving them under the rug & then shamelessly mocking others for the same problems. Pakistan is ranked the second worst country for women’s rights after war torn Yemen. Despite problems India is much better than Pakistan in women’s rights.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/11/29/247-wall-st-worst-countries-women/19630755/

    Its a misconception among Pakistanis that rape is prevalent more in India than in Pakistan. As per UN, the rate of rape per capita (population of 100,000) is 7.86 in Pakistan & 1.82 in India. Also a high percentage of rapes are not recorded in Pakistan as the rate of unreported rape is much higher in Pakistan compared to India. In Pakistan women are mostly caged in their homes & don’t enjoy much freedom whereas in India you’ll find women everywhere doing all kinds of jobs.Recommend

  • Ahmar

    Given the number of Indians posting on this (A Pakistani paper), I think Indians are more obsessed with Pakistan that the other way around ;)Recommend

  • Ahmar

    Good writing. I too made many Indian and Bangladeshi friends abroad. It seems we are more willing to work together in a foreign land than we do across the border at home.Recommend

  • Patwari

    YOU being a man, supposedly,
    can vouch for a woman able to traverse Bombay, safely
    at 2 AM in the night !! Ask your mother, your sisters your
    wives, what they have to say.!!Recommend

  • Patwari

    When Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland,
    Japan Holland, Estonia puts out a travel advisory,…
    warning their female citizens to curtail all travel to Hinduland,
    then there is a RAPE CRISIS in Hinduatan. Whether hindus
    like it or not every 7 minutes a hindu Dalit women is raped
    by a non Dalit hindu.. Sad but true and undeniable.
    No hindu wants Hindia to be branded rape capital of the world. But it’s a fact. You cannot ignore facts.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Exactly. Here is one harrowing statistic put out by the govt.
    of Bharat. Anyone can check this on the web.
    A Dalit hindu woman is raped every 7 minutes by a non Dalit
    hindu. [from the rapes that are reported]
    Imagine how many rapes go unreported!!!Recommend

  • Patwari

    How about one woman raped every 7 minutes in Bharat.
    Forget about per 10,000. With a population of 1.7
    billion, no, not the 1.3 billion that the govt of Hindia
    wants you to believe but nearly 2 billion people.
    By the year 2022 Hindia’s population will outstrip China’s !!!
    That’s 5 years from now!!!
    That would be 2 billion teeming, singing, dancing, starving
    Bollywood watching, hindus as Pak’s neighbor.Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    For God sake you people rape women in broad daylight while the by standers watch.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    International media was quiet when Pakistanis were killing 3 Million, gang raping 400K women & girls and evicting 11 Million Bangalis in 1971. International/western media rapes reality to prove that sun rises in the west. Even in 1970s five Mumbai MahaNagarPalika medical colleges had 65% female medicos (MBBS). U cud see lot of them travelling alone in local trains & buses. In flux of UP Bihari & Bangali Muslims made life insecure, esp of women. Indian natives put women on higher pedestal… deitified them. Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Ask those countries whom they give visas more. Indians esp Hindus r welcomed more in all the countries compared to Muslims of Pakistan or even India. Open the crime roaster of any western country, you will find disproportionate representation of Muslim compared to their % in population In UK 4% of the population is Muslim, but 14% of prison cells are occupied by Muslims.

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  • Salim Alvi
  • Sudhanshu Swami

    you want to deduce conclusion based on few Individual common people. While real obsession can measured by number of your media articles/ news items everyday on Indian topic. You people even report street fight, hostel boy fight and your media recently even published a total lie based on social media video ! and there were hundreds of comments bashing India, Hindus everything. Even your ministers and top bureaucrats did spread ! Tell me who is obsessed with India, and in same week news Your Foreign security Adviser refused to give letter to severe patient, and then Ms Sushma swaraj personally helped her ! See level of obsession, even your ministers.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    If that were the case, in 1971 we might have asked Bangladesh a huge piece of Land. While even recently Modi settled land disputed and India let go more villages to Bangladesh. I am really sorry to enlighten you , that you have nothing charming, why we should want to capture you. We won war we came back in 1971. in 1999 we pushed back invaders and our army came back. We didnt even cross LOC leave the talk of border ! Do you have something to offer in Education ? Do you have some space technology which we dont have ? What you have that can attract us to attack you ? Instead we will have to feed you, we will have to provide medical treatment to you, we will have to give your singers and dancers jobs !Recommend

  • Ahmar

    The people whose obsession I can see and point out in this blog are the Indians rampant on this epaper. A Pakistani epaper.

    The author has done no wrong but tried to dispel the negative impression of Indians in our country. She simply shared her positive interaction with Indians while abroad. Her personal, positive experience. No harm in there. No obsession. Just one person’s story.

    And what is the response from Indians on this blog?

    Boohoo! Pakistan is so much worse. Paki terrorists. Paki rapists. Paki “Porki” Bla bla bla.

    How many movies have been made in Bollywood centered around Pakistan? We Pakistanis have all seen your news channels and are well aware how much your Indian, sensationalist media is obsessed with Pakistan. We know how much your own politicians are obsessed with Pakistan.

    Pakistani e-media didn’t even take off until the mid 2000’s. Indian channels had been going at Pakistan-bashing since the early 90’s. Get your facts straight.

    Go troll your own Indian papers…and if you can’t help your obsession of commenting on a Pakistani website..at least acknowledge your obsession. The first step to curing a mental illness, is recognizing you have it.

    Get well soon.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Find who owns & controls AFP, Reuter, CNN, Christian Monitor. By design so called International Media is controlled by New East India Company. Only Permanent residents of London right from Jinah to Imran Niyazi become head of Paki State, for a reason.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    And when & exactly which part of India did you personally witness this “rape in broad daylight”? This is the biggest problem with Pakistanis – Even after you are bombarded with factual data & substantiated references, you shamelessly keep repeating the same lies of which you neither have any evidence nor any credible reference. Ostrich mentality!Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    Are you saying that I’m lying? I have read so many articles where women are molested and raped in broad daylight in buses while the by standers watched. Also men masturbating on women in broad daylight is on the rise in india. Go stop your media from publishing such news Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    More than 80+ Million native Indians who did not want to lose their roots (ancestral history, mother tongue, divinizing the native land, river mountain and deep native culture) were killedRecommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Rape was invented as weapon of war . Those who didnt want to be Muslims came to India and are called Parsis. Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Human is what s/he eats. In last twenty years lot of toxicity entered in Indian food. Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Principal helps in this pious cause when students complain about grades. Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    FYI madam, India is a country of 1.3 billion people. You guys read about one or two isolated incidents and then exaggerate it as if it is happening in every street corner of India. People lie but numbers don’t and the only relevant fact that matters is this: Rapes per 100,000 population – Pakistan 7.86, India 1.82.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    1 Compare how many % of Pakistani papers (out of all) publish Indian news (politics, crime, Bollywood, Sports of India ) and how many % of Indians (out of all) comment on Pakistani paper. Recommend

  • Humza

    Guess again, Indians are considered as being part of the rape capital of the world everywhere. People are more aware of occupied Kashmir and Indian state sponsored terrorism from bases in Afghanistan. Try naming a dozen Pakistanis involved in terrorism. I can tell you that over 800, 000 Indian soldiers are involved in state terrorism in occupied Indian held Kashmir. Ask the people who live under the brutal suppression there.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    Guess what, ONLY in Pakistan is India called “rape capital”. As per UN stats the rate of rape in Pakistan is almost 6 times higher than India & when it comes to child rapes, Pakistan is #1. I suggest you watch the documentary “Hidden Shame” which highlights child rapes in Pakistan.

    Also, no country in the world buys Pakistani propaganda on Kashmir. You guys can thump your chest all you want but The world largely looks at Kashmir as a terrorism problem sponsored by Pakistan. Nobody believes a terror sponsoring nation like Pakistan which gave shelter to Osama, Mullah Omar & many more. You have ZERO credibility in the world.Recommend

  • sterry

    Never heard that India is unsafe for women? Maybe you need to read a newspaper. Rapes happen there daily on a scales not seen anywhere else which is why Western tourist advisories are explicit in warning women before they travel there. Old women, young women, any woman it doesn’t matter. There is enough descriptions of gangs. Look up CNN reporters who talk about attempted rape.Recommend

  • Ahmar

    Very few report the politics of India. Apart from Modi who’s name became known because of Gujarat riots very few know anything about Indian politics.

    Crime. The only ones that get reported here are religiously-motivated ones where the targets are muslims. Or the ones that get global fame like the rape of some girls in a bus. Otherwise, very little is covered here about crime in India.

    Bollywood. Bollywood movies are covered yes. So what?

    Sports of India. Apart from IPL, which is a very commercially touted event, nothing else is covered.

    There is a higher coverage of Hollywood movies and international sports than anything related to India.

    The only news about India that get covered extensively is the military crackdown in Kashmir. Or occasional escalation at border. Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    Wonder why india is consider rape capital of this world then? Name such isolated incidents which Pakistani media exaggerated? Rapes are supported by your ministers in india.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/sahilrizwan/the-r-wordRecommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Pakistan itself is created out of hate by elitists who hated everything native.Recommend

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  • Srikant Tellikepalli

    Saleem jee, this 1971 is controversial as Modi jee has acknowledged what we did to help banglas so all this is twisted history and cant blame pak army as mukti bahni were doing in pak army uniform. Point here we indians are globally being cursed as rapst so need to correct instead of point scoring.Recommend

  • Srikant Tellikepalli

    …and this is yet another issue with us as Indians. Our media is blindly following bjp hinduvta mindest and portrays as we are developed nation. I have visited pak and was surprised to see infrastructure and development.Recommend

  • Srikant Tellikepalli

    Salim jee, Mukti bahni was made by India and they were there to do anything to serve india as modi jee said. But that is history now.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    India was helping refugees so that they return to their homes. The surgery or amputation was necessary to even relieve West Pak.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    Please give me reference of a credible non-Pakistani media source which has called India “the rape capital of the world”?

    As for the Indian comments which you referenced, I see only 3 people out of 18 who actually justified rape So there’s accountability. I’m not saying that India does not have an attiitude problem toward women among the uneducated lower class people but to make it as a norm of a county of 1.3 billion is just being intellectually dishonest.

    And on top of that for a Pakistani to call out India for rape when Pakistan is the second worst country in the world for women with rampant rape of children & women.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/189294/pakistan-ranks-3rd-on-list-of-most-dangerous-countries-for-women/

    https://www.samaa.tv/tag/pakistan-second-worst-country-for-women/Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    You questioned me on why india is called “rape capital of the world” because even you have heard of it before. How India manage of get this fancy name is very obvious because other countries gave warning to their female tourists visiting india due to gang rapes. It is not your national duty to defend your rapist country. Every country has rape problems but in India rapists and politicians blame the women for getting raped. I thank our forefathers and Mr. Jinnah for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    No madam, I questioned you because I have not seen India being called “Rape capital of the world” in any media of the world except Pakistani media and it seems you have failed to find any reference either? Can you please provide a reference as to which countries have warned their women from travelling to India?

    But I wholeheartedly agree with you on one thing – Thank god to Jinnah for the partition

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    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1055427/pakistani-passport-second-worst-for-international-travel/Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    You are a hard man to please even knowing the truth you still ask for proof. All it takes is 2 minutes on google to search this material yourself but nooo you needed this from a Pakistani.
    No Mister, you belong to a country where women can’t fly fighter jets and asked to stay in kitchen unlike in Pakistan, ranked 103rd below Pakistan for having less women in parliament, ranked 60th below pakistan in developing economies, ranked 140th in press freedom index and ofcourse rapes are your sport even your tourist minister said tourists can’t wear skirts and jeans in India. Thats why Muslim women in india cover up all the time to stay protected. Btw in India newly born girls are mostly found in garbage. You agree or disagree but I eat beef in my country daily while it’s banned in india, I can wear whatever , I can do shopping all night no fear of molestation.

    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/safety-and-security

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/dispatches/2013/03/20/india-tourism-safety-rapes/2002491/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2902473/If-female-not-travel-India-Japan-China-warn-tourists-stay-away-following-Bodh-Gaya-attack.html

    http://www.businessinsider.in/Indians-are-acquiring-nationalities-of-other-nations-like-never-before-top-the-foreign-citizenship-list/amp_articleshow/59382540.cmsRecommend

  • Tommy Gunn

    “You are a hard man to please even knowing the truth you still ask for proof” – I’m absolutely not denying that India has a rape problem & many other problems but the issue I have is when Pakistanis like the author & yourself mock India for rape when it is a substantiated fact that the rate of rape of women & children in Pakistan is much higher than in India. I would totally understand someone from Finland or Japan calling out India for its rape problem as those countries have very low rates of rape & crime BUT for Pakistanis to do so is not just ridiculous but laughable.

    “No Mister, you belong to a country where women can’t fly fighter jets ….” – Totally false & inaccurate. I find it really amusing that despite the credible references which I provided, proving that women in India are in much better shape than in Pakistan, you choose to live in denial or rely on anecdotes, stray incidents or quotes from a few individuals. As I said earlier, you & I can lie but credible sources like the UN or IMF don’t and those sources backed by their research prove that Pakistan is the SECOND WORST country in the world for women.

    “India … ranked 60th below pakistan in developing economies” – FALSE, India ranks 6th in the world in GDP and Pakistan ranks 43rd. India’s per capita income is also about 30% higher than Pakistan’s. So how in the world is India ranked below Pakistan?
    http://statisticstimes.com/economy/countries-by-projected-gdp.php

    “India … ranked 140th in press freedom index ” – FALSE, India is ranked #136 and Pakistan is ranked #159 in freedom of press.
    https://rsf.org/en/ranking/2015

    So here are some established and universally accepted facts but if you choose to ignore them and believe in fantasy then no one can help you because one can only wake up a person who is asleep but not a person who is pretending to be asleep.

    FACT – The rate of rapes of women & children is higher in Pakistan than in India.
    FACT – The rate of crime & corruption is higher in Pakistan than in India.
    FACT – India is ranked much higher than Pakistan in women’s rights.
    FACT – India ranks higher than Pakistan in every economic indicator.
    FACT – India ranks higher than Pakistan in every Human Development indicator.
    FACT – India is one of the top countries which attracts foreign investment and foreign tourists whereas Pakistan is one of the worst countries in both.Recommend

  • Muhammad Yasir

    Just check inRecommend

  • chakrs

    Actually, Mumbai is relatively safe but the a lot of India may not be.Recommend