Saturday, August 21, 2010

Indonesia: Women Only Carriages

On Thursday, Indonesian women started using female-only railway carriages in Jakarta, part of a scheme to protect women from harassment on packed commuter trains.

State-owned railway company PT Kai currently provides 20 of these female carriages and plans to add more in the next three months.

The trains manufactured in Japan are the only fast public transport service between the four city suburbs connecting Jakarta, and women make up almost half of the 500,000 commuters a day.

First introduced in Japan in the year 2000, other countries such as India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brazil also operate women-only carriages.

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