Should women only carriages be introduced on trains at night?

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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has said he would consider introducing women-only carriages on trains at night to help reduce sexual harassment.

The Islington North MP suggested the idea of separate travelling arrangements for female passengers if the proposal is welcomed by women. This apparently happens in other parts of the world including India, Japan, Brazil and Russia.

“It is unacceptable that many women and girls adapt their daily lives in order to avoid being harassed on the street, public transport, and in other public places from the park to the supermarket,” he said. “This could include taking longer routes to work, having self-imposed curfews or avoiding certain means of transport.”

British Transport Police recorded 1,399 sexual offences in 2014-15 on Britain’s trains and platforms, an increase of nearly 300 on the previous year and a new record.

It’s a tricky one, as women have spent a lifetime fighting for equality, and many women will be torn by this suggestion as it promotes inequality.

What are your views? Would you welcome women only train carriages at night? Or should we be tackling the problem of sexual harassment? Have you ever been harassed on public transport?

Should women only carriages be introduced on trains at night?

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major red
21st Sep 2016
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isay no because i would fight anyone who attacks a womwen on a train and hope more men would help if on own who to say a bad man dont get on
Barbara58
22nd Oct 2015
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Voted YES, but who's to stop a man from walking into one, and what if you're the only woman and just as, if not more, vulnerable?
I would suggest travelling in the busiest carriage where possible.
Mind you, wouldn't fancy the chances of a man who dares to enter a female only carriage - handbags at dawn comes to mind!!!!!!
nextchapter
21st Oct 2015
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Well sure, it should be an option, but it shouldn't be mandatory!
nagonthenet
11th Sep 2015
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Agree totally with the comment below. I would not travel alone at night but if there were women only carriages I'd consider it. I don't agree that it discriminates. If we need to be safe that overrides that principle. Women don't generally go around accosting/assaulting/abusing men but the other way around it definitely happens. What about men only carriages? Keep all the drunks and sex pests together.
patmca
11th Sep 2015
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BTW ,I am a man. It would be difficult to police but I think women should be able to travel at night without being bothered by drunks etc. There is also a level of safety involved in a carriage with other women and cctv. As a man I do not like to admit it, but there are some real nasty men out there who take any opportunity to hassle and molest a lone female.
Trampas1955
5th Sep 2015
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People keep saying Corbyns out of touch. People are going to get a real shock in a few weeks. You can't respect a country that pays you £6.50 an hour and your expected to buy a £200000 house!
Barbara58
28th Aug 2015
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I'm all for it, though mindful that 'phone free' carriages don't work.
Who is brave enough to tell someone to turn their phone off?
What's to stop men getting on these all women carriages?
Who will be brave enough to stop them?
We can only try and see.
Linda Saunders
28th Aug 2015
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Come on girls - isn't having the option equality. From what I have read, women would not be forced to travel in 'women only' carriage. They would be given the freedom of choice.

Having lived for many years in a world still living under the threat of the ultimate sanction from men and experiencing many incidents of sexual harrassment from men throughout my life, some major and some not so, anything that gives us women control over ourselves should be very welcome.

Just my penny's worth.
Jaguarjon53
28th Aug 2015
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Women only carriages are a fine idea but not just at night. Being touched inappropriately occurs all the time in London. Nearly every woman has had this inflicted on them at least once.
My only caveat is that using a designated carriage should be a matter of personal choice. Women should not be coerced into using or not using the service. This might be an issue in male dominated cultures.
AllyM12
28th Aug 2015
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More importantly ... Why are men allowed to get away with it? Find the root cause rather than treat the symptoms. Is there a particular group of men, perhaps who have an unfortunate cultural attitude towards women, who are the main attackers? Does alcohol over-indulgence play a part? This seems to be a badly thought out vote grabber hoping to appeal to women but smacks of the first steps towards segregation of the sexes. Let's have more info on the stats please.
Jaguarjon53
28th Aug 2015
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I entirely support your reservations (no pun intended). I can only speak about the anecdotal evidence of my chums, living in London since 1971.
All my women friends report multiple inappropriate contacts. This situation has worsened over the years because London Transport works at breaking point most of the time. The removal of nearly all Underground staff has had a major negative impact.
At night, it doesn't feel safe at all, regardless of gender.
Why this is I'm not qualified to say. At a personal level, I find modern London highly regulated to the point where I feel intruded upon 24/7. I returned from five years abroad to discover that in the meantime some super bureaucrat had filled my country with stern warning signs about just about everything. There is now a thick, impertinent form to fill for just about every activity.
Perhaps that's partly why, maybe not even consciously, people are pushing back against the excessive restraints imposed on us all.
At an educational level, socialisation of the young is sometimes very poor. The rules of social interaction have changed to a much more aggressive mode.
Women-only carriages won't solve these problems; I'm aware that I have just advocated more restrictions whilst bemoaning the application of too many rules but this one would have definite benefits. But they all say that.....
Motherof05
27th Aug 2015
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I voted yes - but to be honest I am not so sure. I agree with the comments about it not tackling the root problems - not enough security - men's attitudes towards women, etc. But I also think women sitting separately can also make them a target!! What if you are the only woman? I think I would feel safer in a carriage of men than on my own. If anything was going to happen I think more than one person would come to your defense!
Baxi
27th Aug 2015
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Women have fought (and are still fighting) for equality. This sends the wrong message and doesn't address the root of the problem which is that more security staff should be travelling on trains. Men who harass women will not respect women only carriages.
RetiredJohnB
26th Aug 2015
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No. Transport organisations need to be more proactive and provide appropriate security for all passengers irrespective of gender.
lizfid3
26th Aug 2015
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A carriage for women only will not solve the problem as there are no security/police to ensure a group of males does not enter it regardless. Drunk passengers have no regard for rules, so will not be put off by a sign saying women only. What if the gang of drunks is comprised of females? Not all troublemakers are drunk males.
Amateureye
26th Aug 2015
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The problem I have with this is where does it stop? I definitely want women to feel safe when travelling because that's their right. But what's next? Women only pubs, women only restaurants, women only cinemas and taxis ect ect. The problem I think is driver only trains you need staff on them at all times, I can remember travelling on the train years ago where the guard/ticket collector would walk up and down through the carriages from the start the journey to the end. It's like when I use the Metro in the north-east of England you go on them and you hear abuse being shouted all over the place especially on a night-time and yet there is no staff on these metros to protect the public, men or women. So I actually think the railway companies are responsible as they have duty of care to their passengers and need to provide extra staff for their safety.
Stafilos
26th Aug 2015
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Rather than having separate coaches, increased security with more staff would be appropriate.
Marley444
26th Aug 2015
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I have very mixed views on this ... when I was in my late teens and at college in London, I was assaulted twice whist using public transport. Once when I was walking up the station steps in Battersea, to board my train on the platform, and another time when I was travelling on a train, sitting next to a man who couldn't keep his hands to himself! Both times the assault was by a man, and both times in daylight! I think it is very concerning that some men can't be trusted not to assault women on trains at night, to the point where women need to be isolated from them for their own safety! Not sure this is the answer
Rodastar
26th Aug 2015
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Whilst I agree that the main issue is dealing with assaults , ie sentencing etc, I also think that, disregarding issues of equality , that women should feel safe to travel , not just on trains but any public transport. Even when I travel by train during the day , I no longer feel completely safe. My one question would be....how would women only carriages be implemented? Would there be a guard or someone at every station to check who is getting on? And I daresay that if the train services have to employ more staff to do this then of course it would mean another increase in fares.
goldenbee
26th Aug 2015
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Why should women have to be separated from men to be safe, this is wrong. What next a burka? It's time men sorted themselves out.
JohnHerb
26th Aug 2015
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I agree with Jeremy Corbyn on this one. I don't like my wife coming home on public transport at night especially in the winter when its dark as there are some nutters about. Would feel better if she and other woman could feel safer in women's only compartments.
Munsterlander
26th Aug 2015
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Yes I think there should be and its a great idea. I know they have it in other countries like India where there is an issue with women being harassed. It could be besides the guard or drivers carriage. I have daughters and they have already been harassed by idiots on trains. Why on earth should they have to put up with it? The other solution as well is to put security cameras in all carriages and jail all offenders immediately.

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