Nepal’s capital has introduced women-only minibuses in a bid to protect women passengers from sexual assault
Four 17-seater minibuses were flagged off in Kathmandu with large “women-only” signs on Jan. 4,
The Four buses will operate on key routes in the city during morning and evening rush hour.
Bharat Nepal, president of the Bagmati Federation Transport Union, which introduced the service said:Groping and sexual assault are a problem for women who use buses, especially during peak hours when buses are overcrowded.
Only one of the buses currently has a female conductor, but he said that the goal was to eventually employ an all-women crew.
In a 2013 World Bank survey, 26 per cent of female respondents aged between 19 and 35 years said they had experienced some form of sexual assault on public transport in Nepal.