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美国女性独自在印度旅行安全吗?

美国女性独自在印度旅行安全吗?

原作者:Adrianna Tan 一个印度通

译者:Jaro-羅

当然安全,很多美国女性都试过这样。我曾二十多次独自一人前往印度各地旅行。

我那时经常一个人住在两美元一晚的客房里,也会在长途火车旅行中独自乘坐非空调卧铺。

你得保持警惕,尤其是作为一个独自出门的女人。如果你以前曾经独自旅行的话,你应该很清楚这一点。

我不是说凡事都会一帆风顺。我最经常会遇到的麻烦是言语骚扰,但这些也很容易解决。在印度发生这种事情的次数也不比我独自去过的其他地方的多,例如也门,孟加拉,西欧的一些地方。不论在哪里,你独自旅行都是会遇到麻烦的,我不觉得印度是一个例外。

很久之前我首次独自去印度旅行的时候,有人就告诉我,当有疑惑的时候,就找一个女人帮忙。我当时觉得他讲得没道理。但后来,无论何时何地,当我觉得不安全的时候(这种情况只是发生了几次而已)我都照他说的做。印度人超级友好,所以不用害怕。找到会说英语的当地女人帮忙不会很难,她们自己还处理过更棘手的问题呢。我觉得告诫我的那个人说得太对了。每一次印度女人都非常冷静地把我从各种状况中解救出来。她们会让那些家伙滚蛋,同时保证她们可以把我带到安全的地方。这样的帮助在印度任何地方都可以得到。所以如果有麻烦的话,我建议你用我的这种方法(当然希望不会出现这样的情况)。

根据我在印度的一些见闻,还有其他一些地方要注意的(这些情况我都碰到过):

• 总的来说,你可能会发现南印度比北印度要安全。如果你对此感兴趣的话,可以问问当地人原因。我的经验就是南印度的人更加保守,更不容易被外来观念影响。

•有很多印度人无法理解你为什么会独自在印度旅行。我很多有特权背景的印度朋友甚至没有像我这样独自旅行的机会。他们的父母大多都认为我很疯狂,他们觉得印度极其不安全。我觉得作为一个外国人,被不同的标准评估着,因此你可以从一个完全不同的角度去认识印度。不要让别人的观念阻止你的行动,也不要害怕。你会学到很多东西。

• 你会被问到无数个关于你个人的问题:你的名字是什么?你来自哪个国家?你多大了?你结婚了吗?你有几个小孩?你喜欢印度吗?你的家乡在哪?你赚多少钱?你能帮他们在你的家乡找到一份工作吗?要友好应对,如果你愿意的话也可以编一些话(正确的或者是他们期待的答案),没关系的。但你也不需要把这些话往心里去:说他们期待的话,要有礼貌,不要侵犯他人。他们也会想要你把他们的祝福带给你的父母,尽管他们未曾见过、永远也不会见到,你只需要诚心诚意地接受就好了。友好的态度可以帮你行遍印度。

• 单身女性旅行时可能会遇到这样的不快:这是一件奇怪而且令人反感的事。但你会在一些地方遇上,当地的一些男人会这样想,因为你是个外国女人,你愿意并且可以和他们发生性关系。外国女人不是印度人,因而被他们认定是不纯洁的,是放荡的。你不会从别人的口中听到这个,但很多人都是这么想的。我发现这种想法在北印度比在其他地方都要普遍。从文化程度低到文化程度高的男人中,我都听到过,看到过,还曾个人亲身经历过这种情况。但记住,很多当地的男人都是友好的,只是总有一些老鼠屎把汤弄坏了。这种讨人厌的想法来自于电视,与外国人并没有合理地联系起来,是对虚构事实的盲信:所有的白人(和外国女人)都对酒和性(对他们是必不可少的)感兴趣。很多人也无法明白为什么你的丈夫和你的男朋友就放心让你独自旅行?

• 通常作为一个单身女性,在越神圣的地方,你遇到的麻烦就越多。我碰到的负面的事情都是来自于旅游者们常去的地方或者称作圣城的地方。除此之外的其他地方,我没碰到什么问题。在那些所谓神圣的地方,伪君子特别多。我所碰到的所有的性骚扰都是来自于这些神圣之地的古怪男人。幸运的是,这些事情都没有危险性,只是让人愤怒而已。

所以,要保持警惕,但又要确信你不会被任何的恐惧阻碍你的旅行。

我想说,我独自一人在印度旅行,不仅没有遇上不测,而且获益不少。我的很多女性朋友她们独自前往印度旅行的次数比我还多呢。她们的经历或多或少使得我独自旅行的决心更加坚定。

假如你衣着得当,注意当地的习俗,一切都没问题了。还有更好的就是,预先做好计划,在一些大城市里,见一见当地的杰出人物,尤其是那些与你在相似领域工作的人或者是在你感兴趣的、想了解的领域工作的人。我就曾从与新闻记者、艺术家和技术人员的谈话中获益匪浅。他们不仅可以教你了解他们的城市,还可以照顾你,毕竟你是他们印度祖国的贵客嘛。

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英文原文:

Absolutely. Many women do. I have travelled alone to India over 20 times. To all parts.

I used to always stay in $2 rooms alone, and also travelled sleeper class in long train journeys alone.

You need to have your wits about you, more so that you are a lone woman, but this is true of all places if you have travelled alone before.

I’m not saying nothing untoward will ever happen, just that the most I have seen has been verbal harassment which was quite easy to disarm. And that this did not happen significantly more than other places I have travelled to alone, and I will include Yemen, Bangladesh, some parts of western Europe in that list. You will have some trouble travelling alone anywhere — I don’t think India is a special case in any sense.

Someone told me, very early on when I first started exploring India alone: when in doubt, talk to a woman. I thought he was nuts but then I tried it whenever I felt unsafe anywhere (this has happened just a handful of times). People in India are super friendly, so don’t be afraid to ask. It should not be too hard to find English-speaking local women who can help, as they deal with much worse on their own. I realized this person was absolutely right: Indian women got me out of situations with calm ferocity, each and every time. They would tell the guy/s to f*** off, and make sure they deliver you to safety. This has happened across India and I urge you to consider this if shit ever hits the fan (it shouldn’t).

Some things to note, from anecdotal experiences (all of this has happened to me):

– a generalization: you will probably find South India very safe compared to North India. If interested, ask some locals on their opinions on why that is. My experience is just that in south India people are more reserved and less taken by the idea of anything foreign.

– many people in India are unable to comprehend why you should want to do that. Many of my friends there who come from privileged backgrounds, are not even given the opportunity to travel alone the same way I did. Most of their parents thought I was mad, and thought their country extremely unsafe. I think as a foreigner, one is held to a different set of standards and you can see India in a completely different way. Don’t be put off or scared by stories of other people’s opinions. Discover India for yourself and never be afraid of her. There’s a lot to learn.

– you will be asked endless questions about your personal life. What is your good name, what is your country, how old are you, are you married, how many children do you have, do you like India, what is your native place, how much money you make and can you help them get a job in your native place. Be friendly, be open to making stuff up (“the correct/expected answers”) if you like. It doesn’t really matter. But do not take this personally: this stuff is expected, considered good form, and not intrusive at all. They will also want you to send their regards to your parents, who they haven’t and will never meet, just keep it all in good faith. Friendliness takes you far in India.

– an unpleasant quirk of travelling as a lone female: this is a strange, not very nice thing but you will find out that in some places, some local men will assume because you are a foreigner = you are willing and able to have sex with them because all foreign women are not Indian and therefore impure and loose by definition. You won’t hear this said, but it is thought by many. I have found this attitude more pervasive in the north than anywhere else. I have seen and heard and experienced this behavior personally from lowly educated men and highly educated men alike. Remember, most local men are GREAT. It’s a couple of bad eggs that spoil it, as always. Just remember this terrible idea comes from watching tv and never having interacted properly with foreigners and believing in the myth that all white (and foreign women) are interested in alcohol and sex (and necessarily with them). Many people also won’t be able to understand why your husband or boyfriend is okay with you travelling alone.

– in general, the “holier” the place, the more shit you will get as a single lone female. The negative stuff I’ve experienced have come exclusively from the touristy and/or holy cities/towns. No problems at all outside these parts. There’s a crap ton of hypocrisy in the so-called holy places. All the sexual harassment I have ever faced have come from weird men in “holy” places. Luckily none of it was ever dangerous, just annoying.

So, be on your guard but make sure you don’t let any kind of fear cripple your trip either.

I mean, I have more than survived India alone.. And I also have a lot of female friends who have travelled India alone many times over the way I do. Their experiences more or less corroborate with mine.

The assumption is that you will dress appropriately and be sensitive to local customs. You will be fine. More than fine. Make plans before hand to meet some prominent local people in major cities, especially if they are in a similar field of work or working in an area you are interested in finding out about. I’ve learned a lot from talking to journalists, artists, tech types. They can teach you a bit about their city, and they will also watch out for you as you are a guest of Mother India’s after all!

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