Delhi voted most unsafe metro city in survey

Delhi has been voted as the most unsafe metro city in the country by women traveling alone for leisure, business or both, a recent survey has found.

Mumbai was rated as the safest metropolitan city by a majority of respondents (34 per cent), while Ahmedabad and Bangalore were voted second with 12 per cent votes each.

"Due to the recent spate of crime against women, the national capital has gained notoriety with 84 per cent women claiming it to be the most unsafe metro" the solo women traveler survey 2013 conducted by travel portal TripAdvisor, said.

It also brought to light the disturbing fact that 94 per cent of female respondents worry about their safety, always or at least sometimes, when they travel alone in India but not when they travel to international destinations.

Only six per cent women said they worry when they travel abroad alone but not in India while 24 per cent respondents said they worry when they travel in India.

Despite the fear and worry, only 33 per cent women said they carry any item for self defense (like a taser, or pepper spray) when traveling to a new or unfamiliar city.

Among women who said they travel alone on work, 37 per cent women said they don't mind traveling alone but worry about their safety.

The survey was conducted among working women -- a number of self employed, as well as homemakers.

Breaking from tradition, Indian women seek adventure and experience and are confident, enthused and eager to travel on their own terms.

Among women who travel alone, 41 per cent said they actually enjoyed traveling alone for work. 76 per cent said they enjoy going solo on holiday.

Lack of company was not a complaint. In fact, majority of the women (58 per cent) said their biggest incentive for solo vacations was that they could do all the things they want without having to worry about what someone else wants.

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