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A train operator Germany is launching a women and children only service its trains. The initiative the segregated carriages is an attempt to help women feel safer. There will be two specialised compartments all of the company's trains that run the cities of Leipzig and Chemnitz. The carriages will be located next the one which the train conductor is situated. The new carriages are causing quite a stir Germany. Some people on social media are suggesting the move is a reaction an increase in reported incidents sexual harassment and assault Germany. Rail executives stress this is not the case, but is instead a new policy aimed increasing security for women and children.

The use women-only carriages on trains is not new. There have been dedicated cars trains in many other countries decades. In Japan, such carriages were first introduced 1912. Last year there was a call from Jeremy Corbyn, the leader the opposition party to the government in Britain, to re-introduce such carriages. British trains used to have 'Ladies Only' carriages until 1977. Mr Corbyn's comments resulted a backlash from female politicians. His colleague Yvette Cooper observed that while sexual harassment and violence against women was a serious issue, women-only carriages were not the answer. Cooper said the move would be, "turning the clock back and not tackling the problem".

 
 

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