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Jakarta Post

Women-only train service

  • Lynda K. Wardhani

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 28 2010   /  12:15 pm

Indonesia’s women-only train service launched on Aug. 19, 2010 in Jakarta by the Indonesian state-run railway company, PT Kereta Api, was warmly welcomed mainly by female commuters.

The service has been introduced as an attempt to prevent sexual harassment on public transport after a series of complaints of sexual harassment and assault from women who travel on Jakarta’s trains and buses.

Ten series of the carriages of which each series consists of eight railway coaches were launched. Two coaches (the first and eighth coaches) are exclusively provided for women in each commuter train for the Jakarta-Bogor route with pink-cushioned seats as well as female security officers and conductresses assigned on board.

A similar service will also be available in more trains with more destinations. It is reported that 20 more carriages will be launched.

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