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Women-Only Train Cars Considered in UK

Women-Only Train Cars Considered in UK
Japanese women in 'women-only' train compartment. (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:06 PM

An effort to end sexual harassment on London Underground trains has sparked controversy over whether the move by a top Labour Party candidate does more harm than good.

Jeremy Corbyn, front-runner for Labour Leader, posted his plans to help women on his website.

"Some women have raised with me that a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport could be to introduce women only carriages," Corbyn wrote. "My intention would be to make public transport safer for everyone from the train platform, to the bus stop to the mode of transport itself."

He said he would present his proposals to women's groups, but his plan already has faced opposition from women, who found it paternalistic or giving in to victimhood.


Others said it made sense if it makes women feel safer.


"It is simply unacceptable that many women and girls adapt their daily lives in order to avoid being harassed on the street, public transport and in other public places from the park to the supermarket," Corbyn said.

Japan, India and other countries already have women-only train cars, The Washington Post noted, and the U.K. has considered such a move before.

"They have introduced women-only seating in Japan because there is a particular problem with groping and low-level violence," Conservative Transport Minister Claire Perry said last year. "It is a very interesting question, and I will look at all ideas."

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An effort to end sexual harassment on London Underground trains has sparked controversy over whether the move by a top Labour Party candidate does more harm than good. Jeremy Corbyn, front-runner for Labour Leader, posted his plans to help women on his website. Some women...
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