New Women-Only Subway Car Bill Introduced in Beijing

In early May, I reported that some lawmakers in Beijing were contemplating women-only subway cars to help cut down on problems like sexual harassment.

Today, the Finchannel.com reports that a bill has been submitted for consideration and could be adopted “in the near future.”

“According to the Chinese capital’s lawmakers, over 40% of female passengers complain of some form of sexual harassment in the city’s subway…’Sexual harassment in the subway is common during rush hours,’ the bill says. ‘Creating separate compartments for women is significant for establishing a well-mannered society.'”

Apparently sexual harassment was only made a criminal offense in China in 2005 and the first guilty verdict was issued by a Chinese court last July. The article says that currently Chinese lawmakers also are discussing introducing a law on protecting men’s rights to ensure the legislation treats the sexes equally.

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