Protests occur frequently in India and on occasions become violent. Areas which are vulnerable include major cities and towns where insurgent groups are active. This includes Jammu and Kashmir State. Political violence is common in West Bengal, protestors have used several attack methods including arson, vandalism and minor bombings during demonstrations. Major routes and railway lines are frequently blocked by protesters which has the potential to cause significant disruption to travel plans.
Female harassment and verbal abuse are common in many areas throughout India. This is more common on crowded city streets and public transport. Areas which have had a significant western influence are considered more culturally astute and therefore the threat is less prominent.
Violent and non-violent crime are persistent threats in India. Opportunistic kidnap-for-ransom, HNWI kidnap-for-ransom, and political kidnapping are potential risk to foreign travelers. Low level crime including pickpocketing, theft and snatch and grab attacks are common and more likely to occur in crowded locations including hotels and restaurants.
Islamist militant organizations, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Indian Mujahideen, operate in the region and have claimed responsibility for several attacks over the years. The threat of attacks is increased in north eastern states and certain areas of southern India. Crowded locations, including hotels, public transport and areas which are frequented by foreign travelers are vulnerable. Terrorist groups have the capability to carry out sophisticated attacks, including suicide bombings, coordinated complex assaults, and grenade attacks.
Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Islamic State (IS) supporters are also active within India. Their capability is considered to be limited with a low presence in the region, however it is likely their primary targets include military and security forces buildings.
The standard of driving in India is poor. Local drivers regularly ignore road traffic safety and laws. Drivers are known to travel at excessive speeds where road and vehicle conditions are unsafe, this is more common on major roads and highways. Infrastructure is considered inadequate in relation to the amount of road users, therefore heavy congestion and disruptions are likely in the urban areas. There is a high risk of road traffic collisions (RTCs) due to the poor driving conditions, unpredictable driving behavior and inadequate infrastructure.
Public transportation can be unsafe for foreign travelers. Problems with overcrowding, frequent de-railing and fatal accidents are a major concern. The risk of petty crime including pickpocketing is high risk on public transport, where possible traveling by these means should be avoided.
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