Regional train routes from Leipzig to Chemnitz offer special compartments for women, which are located in the middle of the train near the conductor’s work area, German newspaper Sueddeusche Zeitung reported.
German Police Launch Inquiry to Punish Cologne Sex Attacks Whistleblowers According to the newspaper, compartments are designed for women travelling alone or with small children. The trains are operated by German railway company MRB, representatives of which assume that the new compartments will be in high demand by female travelers.
Formally, the company’s employees aren’t linking the new measure with the New Year’s events in Cologne, during which hundreds of women were sexually harassed by men of Arab and African appearance. However, at the same time they believe that the new measure would help women to feel safer.
On December 31, 2015, hundreds of females were robbed and sexually assaulted by groups of aggressive men in Cologne and a number of other German cities. Some perpetrators were identified as asylum seekers who entered the country among millions of other refugees fleeing the Middle East and North Africa amid increased violence.
Each train operated by MRB is expected to have two female compartments, which will be located next to the conductor, in the middle of the train. Train tickets will be purchased on a common basis. The proposal caused lively discussion on social networks, with some human rights activists and Internet users viewing the new measure as discriminative aimed at the isolation of traveling women.