One commentator in the article argues that the separation of males and females contributes to sexual violence, as women are viewed only as sexual objects.

I am not sure about this as in western societies, where there is no such delineation, women are also viewed as sexual objects and sexual violence still occurs.

After having arranged to meet someone (platonic or romantic) I generally turn up alone, or if I have reservations I may have a friend politely bid their farewells when they are comfortable the person I am meeting is not a criminal. He had a quick wit and a gorgeous smile, I would have liked to have spent some time getting to know him without a chaperone.

We may meet up again and I sincerely hope we do (unless of course he reads this and becomes terrified of me).

As I am traveling, I most often come across the average man on the street, like the stall owner or rickshaw driver.

I must admit that after a few weeks of observing him I found myself almost completely repulsed by men.

In my opinion, if they had to go out and attract a woman entirely on their own (and assuming she had unfettered free will and choice in the matter), they would be less likely to indulge in these behaviours. In years past I have come to India for work, and in my current stay in Delhi I am living with family and am privy to another side of India.

Whilst the professional men that I have met don’t have the more distasteful personal habits, I do still find them very difficult to understand.Even if I try and rationalise the behaviour, after all there is a dire lack of sanitation facilities in India hence the need for public urination, looking through my western eyes I found my attraction to men waning.These behaviours appear to be generally accepted in Indian culture, no one bats an eyelid going about their day.Whilst he was hardworking and I believe his intentions are good, some of the personal habits I observed left a lot to be desired.The constant spitting (apparently due to chewing tobacco), public urination (and by this I mean pulling it out anywhere there is space and going), nose picking and staring at me (usually whilst also fiddling with their nether regions) are a few of the distasteful activities I observed.Also it is unclear to me if the separation of men and women (for example in the trains) is a reaction to the violence or the cause.