Female-only train carriages proposed but not everyone think they’re sending the right message

Although 26-year-old Stephanie Scott did not die on a train on 5th April 2015, the young woman did die at

Although 26-year-old Stephanie Scott did not die on a train on 5th April 2015, the young woman did die at the hands of a man when she was simply living her life. Living her life much like millions of women around the world who catch public transport or leave work after hours and expect to get home safely.

On the anniversary of Stephanie’s death, debate is being raised about pink women-only train carriages. The proposal for the female sections on trains was called for by Rail, Tram and Bus Union national secretary Bob Nanva who said, “We must do more to protect commuters from thugs, grubs and perverts on public transport”.

Along with the pink carriages, Mr Nanva said the women-only carriage should carry panic buttons and cameras to reduce the sexual assaults on female commuters.

While the figures for sexual assaults are relatively low, the need for these carriages in this day and age has drawn debate on both sides.On one hand, the carriages would help women feel safer, especially if they finish work late or are unaccompanied. On the other hand, they send a message that women need to protect themselves against bad people, rather than focusing attention on the bad people who are assaulting women.A young woman spoke to the Daily Telegraph about the proposal and said, “I suspect if men are being drunk and obnoxious they ought to be stuck away in a separate carriage rather than limit women to the special carriage.

“I think we should lock up the potential perpetrators. Or keep them away from the women rather than the other way around.

“I get fairly wary of it being seen as we have to protect ourselves by excluding ourselves”.

In Japan they now have pink carriages after women were being groped on the country’s notoriously crowded services.

Earlier this morning on breakfast TV, male TV hosts particularly were outraged at the idea, with Today’s Bed Fordham saying he felt “really weird” about women needing to board a different carriage to get away from people like him.

On Channel 7, Gretel Killeen gave her two cents and questioned, “Why on earth should women be the ones hurled into one carriage to be protected if men are the issue?”

“Let women have the space”, she said, passionately.

It’s an interesting debate. Where do you stand on it? Should there be pink carriages? Or should men be the ones who should have a blue carriage?

  1. There are no certainties in life but if my daughter was using the trains at night I think I would feel she was more safe in a women only carriage. I’ve seen them in Japan and they appear to work ok…..perpetrators will always exist but why not try and limit their access to victims…..

  2. Wayne Watkins  

    I was constantly groped by women in crowded trains in Japan ( 25 years ago ) , so it goes both ways .

    • Really, I was there 18 months ago and sadly no one groped me……obviously you are far more attractive than me…

  3. Mike  

    I think having a separate carriage for females only is outrageous! What is this world coming to? More protection for all passengers is what is needed not segregation. I think for the millions of people who travel by train or other forms of public transport the number of assaults, while serious, are low. I feel that this is a knee jerk reaction. Cheers!

  4. Jill Austin  

    Try the new toilets in Eastland they have 1 pink door for I stall the rest are grey so is 1 handbasin crazy what’s wrong with all the same.Besides women can grope other women too!!!

  5. I think this could work only if they put security guards on as well, organise all the vulnerable are going to be group together and that could lead to worse scienarienos !

  6. Judith Marks  

    I enjoyed the Ladies Only section of the Manly Ferry = many years ago. Had quite a few very nervous trips on the Newcastle train from Sydney at night. How many of those who are against this suggestion actually travel by train?

  7. Pamela  

    If the only seats available on the train are in ‘women only’ carriages, do men have to wait for the next train?

    Are men who identify as transgender/intersex/female allowed on the ‘women only’ trains?

  8. Robinoz  

    Having separate carriages for women is giving in to a minority of people who shouldn’t be in our society. The only people who will be happy with this arrangement is the increasing numbers of moslems who practise separation by gender.
    A better approach is to have better policing and hit offenders very hard with a no tolerance policy.
    Women should be able to walk or ride anywhere without being threatened and abused.

  9. Having conductors on trains would be a better idea, then everyone would travel more safely (and there would be less fare evasion too). I can see that in Japan the pink carriages would be a good idea as passengers are packed in like sardines and it would be difficult to deal with an offender in that situation

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