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Are women-only buses feasible and practical?

Update: December, 26/2014 - 08:25
What does your country do to fight sexual harassment and crime on public transport? — Photo doisongphapluat

The plan to operate women-only buses on certain routes during peak hours on a trial basis to counter sexual harassment and theft has caused controversy after it was raised at a conference in Ha Noi.

The plan is partly based on a recent survey of over 2,000 people in Ha Noi and HCM City, showing that about 31 per cent of school girls said they'd suffered sexual harassment on buses. The Ha Noi Transport and Services Corporation (Transerco) has been assigned to implement the plan.

After the plan was announced, many people, especially school girls, welcomed the idea, saying it would make them feel safer on buses, and more people would be encouraged to take public transport.

However, there have been objections to the plan, with people saying the situation in Viet Nam is not that bad. They added that the country's public bus system was limited, and the move discriminated against men.

Do you take buses in Viet Nam? What do you think about the idea? What does your country do to fight sexual harassment and crime on public transport?

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