Some attention directed toward female travellers can be offensive and/or obscene."Accidental" gropings, staring, and 'brushing' happens. Respectable Egyptian men wouldn't be interested in groping or verbal harassment as it is as offensive a thing to do in Egypt as it would be in other countries around the world.Most foreign women are used to having sexual harassment treated seriously and have protection under the law in their home countries.Egyptian women do not have these basic rights and are campaigning to make the streets safer.My introduction to India came behind the wheel of an auto-rickshaw.For two weeks in 2011, my friend Citlalli and I took part in the Rickshaw Run, driving one of India’s ubiquitous three-wheeled vehicles 2,000 miles across the country.The issue of women’s safety in India has been in the news frequently lately.
Some of the scars left by cancer are clearly visible. For instance, there’s no way to know that a woman walking down the street has had a mastectomy.All visitors to Egypt, whether they are female or male, receive a great deal of attention/hassle from the Egyptians.Sometimes this attention is unwanted and offensive. It can wear even the most experienced traveller down after some days of relentless hassle.And it's easy to grow apart because you're not sharing day-to-day life.That said, I know people who had HUGE distances between them and survived that and ended up committed and together.On our fifth morning, we spent three hours wrestling our way through an 18-mile traffic jam in Bihar, a state known for its poverty and violence.