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Women-only Subway Carriages to be Reintroduced in Seoul

by Medindia Content Team on November 1, 2007 at 2:56 PM
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Women-only Subway Carriages to be Reintroduced in Seoul

Women-only subway carriages will be reintroduced in South Korea's capital to try to curb sexual harassment of female passengers, officials said Wednesday.

Operators of Seoul's eight subway lines introduced women-only carriages in 1992, but the system was suspended just months later due to 'structural problems in operations,' a Seoul Metro spokesman told AFP.

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'Previously, it had been impossible to stop male passengers from using women-only carriages during the rush hour,' he said.

Subway authorities plan next year to designate two carriages of each train exclusively for women, he said.

Last week a parliamentary committee called on the city government to reintroduce women-only carriages, saying incidents of sexual harassment account for nearly half of all subway crimes.

Source: AFP
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