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In an attempt to protect women from sexual harassment, Indonesia recently introduced women-only trains. Why the change? Women complained! According to, 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.”


Break the silence. Let your voice be heard!

Is separating the men from the women the best way to stop sexual harassment? Could it cause more problems?

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Reader Comments (2)

I think that it is a good idea, and that it will stop some but not all of the sexual harassment thats happens in those crowded places in the world. It also may cause other problem, like the men MAY feel they are of wrong doing and want there own cars.

April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKassidy Bumford

awesome news... so glad to hear that women finally have a place where they can be safe! It's great that the women complained and they were heard!

August 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjojo

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