In an attempt to protect women from sexual harassment, Indonesia recently introduced women-only trains. Why the change? Women complained! According to Salon.com, the train operator was “flooded by letters of complaint from women.” Indonesia isn’t the first country to make this option available. Women-only public transit can also be found in Malaysia, India, and Japan where overcrowded settings also allowed for predatory behavior on the part of men.
22-year-old Yanti described the situation to BBC News. “Sometimes on the train there are men who bump and push into us on purpose, and they take advantage of the cramped conditions on the trains.”
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Is separating the men from the women the best way to stop sexual harassment? Could it cause more problems?