Ministry of Tourism does not compile the
data on crimes, against tourists/foreign tourists including women
visiting India. However, in order to ensure safety and security of
tourists, Ministry of Tourism has advised all the State
Governments/Union Territory Administrations to deploy Tourist Police in
the States/Union Territories, some of the State Governments have
deployed tourist police, in one form or the other.
Further, the guidelines for formation of Tourist Security Organization
(s) comprising ex-servicemen, formulated by the Ministry of Tourism,
Government of India in consultation with the Ministry of Defence,
Ministry of Home and Directorate General of Resettlements have been
forwarded to the State Governments/UT Administrations.
In addition, the Union Ministry of Tourism, along with stakeholders
including Regional Level Tourist Guides licensed by Ministry of Tourism,
has adopted the Code of conduct for “Safe & Honourable Tourism” which is
a set of guidelines to encourage tourism activities to be undertaken
with respect for basic rights like dignity, safety and freedom from
exploitation of both tourists and local residents, in particular, women
At present there is no proposal under consideration in the Ministry of
Tourism. However, a website www.indiatouristguide.org has been launched
through which tourists can obtain details of licensed tourist guides
(including female guides) and book their services.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism, Shri
Sultan Ahmed in a written reply to Shri Ishwarlal Shankarlal Jain in
Rajya Sabha today.