Fears for foreign female expats in Delhi

HRM 16 Jan 2013

Companies in Delhi are taking bigger safety precautions to protect their female employees after the horrific gang rape of a young female student in New Delhi, The Economic Times reports.

In one company, a senior manager took extra effort to have a personal chat with a female expat employee, explaining safety regulations and the necessary precautions that she should take, reported the The Economic Times.

Greater awareness is especially important for female expats as they look, sound and think in a vastly different manner from the locals in Delhi, said The Economic Times. Being unfamiliar with the culture, safety standards and communication methods of the locals, their added foreignness could put them in potential danger, the report said.

On December 16, the 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped and assaulted by six men on a moving bus in Delhi. She suffered serious injuries and died in a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.  The incident has sparked a general sentiment of increased cautiousness amongst female expats.  At least 10 women - either multinationals or entrepreneurs – whom The Economic Times spoke to revealed that the incident made them more cautious.

However, most foreigners working in India are likely to be earning a higher income and can hence afford more protective safety service. This gives them an advantage over their local counterparts, said The Economic Times.

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