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Jakarta Post

Commuters must combat sexual harassment: Train operator

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 22, 2018   /   01:02 pm
Commuters must combat sexual harassment: Train operator Passengers travel in a women-only car of a PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) train. KCI has received 11 reports on sexual harassment in 2017. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Amid reports of sexual harassment in public transportation, including the commuter line, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) says commuters must report sexual harassment when they witness it on commuter trains.

KCI spokesperson Eva Chairunnisa said the company had received 11 reports of sexual harassment in 2017, and in 2018, three cases had been reported so far. However, victims often did not want to report the cases to the police for personal reasons.

“That is why we urge everyone in the commuter trains to be more alert. When you see sexual harassment in a commuter train, don’t just record it, but report it to a local security guard and alert the victim,” Eva told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of the Ngopi Bareng Kartini event at Jakarta Kota Station in West Jakarta.

Eva expressed hope that, if the victims got support from other commuters, they would be brave enough to report to the police.

The company has run a campaign against sexual harassment at major stations, such as Tanah Abang, Manggarai, Jakarta Kota, Bogor and Bekasi, with banners and brochures to educate commuters about sexual harassment. (ami)