Thursday, August 19, 2010

Indonesia Introduces Women-Only Cars on Trains to Avoid Gropers

How about instead spending some money to educate Indonesian Muslim women how to defend themselves from such insulting behavior:  grab the hand, then the arm, yank until the man either appears  through the crowd or pulls away - you will then be able to see exactly who it is from his reaction.  Don't hesitate, while smiling and making eye contact, quickly approach and apply knee to groin - HARD.  End to groping.  Or, if you're not afraid of AIDS-contaminated blood, just grab the offending hand and bite it as hard as you can.  Or, how about just screaming and making a big fricking scene - SOMEONE JUST GROPED ME - IT'S ONE OF YOU - IT WAS YOU, IT WAS YOU, WASN'T IT.  Hell, with nearly half the passengers being woman, wouldn't the dudes want to exit the trains in a big hurry then?  You betcha, as Sarah would say.

Of course, if the Indonesian government wants to encourage the victimization of women in the 21st century through allowing boorish male behavior to continue toward females who choose not to ghettoize themselves by riding female only train cars, by all means, introduce more "women only" rail cars.  And encourage the ladies to carry mini-cleavers with them.  Encroaching hand - chop chop, end of problem...

From Yahoo News/Reuters
Jakarta introduces women-only trains to avoid groping
46 mins ago

JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) – Women-only train carriages were launched this week in Jakarta in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, in an attempt to avert groping and sexual harassment on packed commuter trains.

Women can choose to board the female-only, orange and pink-seated carriages at the front and rear of trains in Jakarta, the latest in a growing number of cities to offer women-only services.

The state-owned railway operator, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), said it had not received many complaints about sexual harassment but the company had noticed that many women avoided densely-packed trains.

"The women-only carriages are aimed to make women feel comfortable," an official at PT KAI told Reuters Television.

PT KAI is now providing 20 female-only carriages and plans to add more in the next three months.

One female commuter headed for Bogor city was pleased with the new carriages.

"I feel respected. As you may be aware, sexual harassment took place on packed trains," the commuter, giving her name just as Dennisa, told Reuters Television.

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

Female-only carriages on trains were first introduced in the festive, year-end season in Japan in 2000 as a way to stop sexual harassment. These carriages are now offered in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan's two biggest cities.

Since then the popularity of women-only carriages has spread internationally with countries including India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brazil also operating women-only carriages.

(Reporting by Reuters Television, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)

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