The rise in alleged crimes against foreign tourist in India has given a bad reputation to the Indian tourism and invited strong criticism from world over. It is an issue that no doubt needs urgent attention from the government and local authorities of popular tourist spots. Definite and effective precautionary measures must be taken to protect foreign tourists coming to India. However, one must remember that the problem is not one-sided, if one plays with fire one is bound to get burnt.
Most of the foreign tourists who come to India are from developed countries like USA, UK, France, etc., where the local environment is much safer with law and order facilities prompt and much more reliable compared to developing countries like India. When foreigners come to India they move around with similar nonchalance like they do in their own country. Either they are not aware or perhaps cannot imagine in what ways they can be victim to a crime. Even Indians in India take care not to venture into the interiors of areas they are not familiar with. It is common knowledge and part of survival kit to be careful in a strange place.
On the other hand, foreign tourists throw all caution to the winds and try to live like locals do without the slightest idea what the local culture is all about. On top of that, they are dealing in drugs, which is not exactly lawful in any society. In India it is a serious offense and one crosses over to the criminal side when dealing with narcotics, in which case they are bound to get hurt.
Source: IBN Live