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British politician sparks debate over “women-only” train carriages

By WITW Staff on August 27, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is in the running to become the new leader for Labour, Britain’s leading center-left political party, and generally seen as the most progressive candidate for the job. Nevertheless, he sparked a nationwide debate when he said that he would consider the idea of “women-only” carriages, as a solution for the rise in assault on women on public transport. Corbyn said he wanted to make public transportation safer for everyone. ”However, I would consult with women and open it up to hear their views on whether women-only carriages would be welcome,” Corbyn added. “And also if piloting this at times and [on] modes of transport where harassment is reported most frequently would be of interest.” His remarks come after new figures suggested that sex offenses on trains and at stations had risen 25 percent, reaching a record high, but were quickly ridiculed by his opponents. His rival for the leadership of the party, Yvette Cooper, said it would be “turning the clock back, not tackling the problem,” while Andy Burnham, another contender, reacted that “in this day and age, we shouldn’t be even considering the idea of segregated train travel.” Conservative opponents didn’t respond well to the idea either, with women’s minister Nicky Morgan saying it sounded a lot like “segregation” and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston arguing this would only “normalize unacceptable behavior.”

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