Nepal Introduces Women-Only Buses to Combat Sexual Assault

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  • 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.