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Safety and Security in India

■ Crime

India is a safe country if you are alert and aware of what’s going on next to you. Research for unsafe neighborhoods and do not go there. For girls India can sound as a dangerous destination, but if you take care and protect your own space, it isn’t likely for bad things happen to you. If you want to avoid trouble, don’t get too close to men, be wise and don’t be afraid of being rude and saying no sometimes. Be wise and remember you are probably the only one who can protect yourself. There is no need to get paranoid about safety, but it’s necessary to take some care.

■ Emergency services

There are three emergency services in India:
100 – police
101 – fire department
102 – ambulance

Most of the cases the operators understand English. Ambulances aren’t very well equipped, so it’s better to call a private hospital directly and ask it for help, if possible. Use the public hospitals for light diseases, but go to a private one for more serious problems. If you are in the country side or rural areas, it’s better to avoid the hospitals there and go to metropolitan areas.

■ Political situation

India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic in which the head of state is the president and the Prime Minister of India is the head of government. Indian politics involve many scams and scandals, and in 2008 the Washington Post declared that “Nearly a fourth of the 540 Parliament members face criminal charges, including human trafficking, immigration rackets, embezzlement, rape and even murder, according to Chhokar's group.”
Full article here.

■ Short trip

India is one of the most diverse countries in the world. There you will find many different landscapes, historical sites, royal cities, mountains and very colorful festivities.
Going out at night to clubs can be expensive, but traveling is affordable and you should enjoy this opportunity. Must-visit cities include Agra, home for the Taj Mahal, Bikaner, a desert-like city, Udaipur, the oriental Venice, Varanasi, India’s oldest town, and Goa, where you can enjoy the beaches and cathedral architecture.
When traveling by train, which is full of new encounters, choose wisely your seats.

■ Mobile phone networks

Major cellphone companies include Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, and BSNL. You can buy a SIM pre-paid card and change with the one in your cellphone if it’s not sim-locked. Some foreigners are having problem buying a SIM card, but if you are going to stay for a long time and have enough documents to prove who you are, the risks of not getting a SIM card decrease.
Plans vary depending on the region, company and how much data you are going to use, but expect to pay something from 199Rp to 999Rp per month.

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