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08:41, June 10, 2009

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In big cities like Beijing and Guangzhou, subways are always over-crowded during rush hour. And there're plenty of complaints from women passengers about harassment. Some are calling for women-only carriages. But the idea has met with mixed reactions.

Morning rush means a battle to get on, and once the battle is won, another might begin. Many women complain about being harassed in crowded subway carriages, and some have proposed a women-only carriage. But the idea isn't winning much support.

"After all, the subway is public transport. There's no need to separate women from men. "

Others say women should not be the only group to have the privilege.

"Not only women, people with children, pregnant women and the seniors should have exclusive carriages. "

Even more say the idea is unfeasible.

In Beijing, for instance, over four million subway trips are made each day. And nearly half of the passengers are women.

Currently, nine cities in the world have women's subway carriages.

In Cairo and Tehran, their religion demands separation of male and female passengers.

In Tokyo, and Seoul, there are fewer women passengers and sexual harassment is common.

Source: CCTV.com

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