Indonesia's women-only trains scrapped

2013-05-14 12:03
A train loaded with passengers arrives at the Tebet station in Jakarta during rush hour. (Romeo Gacad, AFP)

A train loaded with passengers arrives at the Tebet station in Jakarta during rush hour. (Romeo Gacad, AFP)

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Jakarta - Indonesia's railway company has decided to scrap women-only trains less than a year after they were introduced, an official said on Tuesday.

State railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia launched seven brightly painted trains in October to provide safety and comfort for women following reports of sexual harassment in mixed-gender commuter cars linking Jakarta to outlying areas.

But the trains are largely empty outside rush hour while regular ones are always packed, company spokesperson Eva Chairunnisa said.

"To increase capacity, we decided to convert the women-only trains into regular ones," Chairunnisa said.

"The ladies' trains are full during rush hour, but regular trains are even more packed," she added.

The spokeswoman said the company planned to add 180 more cars this year and that trains for women only might be introduced again when capacity allowed.

Lack of space has forced many commuters to ride on the rooftops of trains, exposing them to dangers including falling and electrocution.

The railway company has tried various tricks to deter roof riding, including spraying them with paint and hanging concrete balls above train tracks, but they were largely unsuccessful.

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