Jeremy Corbyn, a front runner in the upcoming Labour leadership race, said if he wins he will consider implementing ‘women-only train carriages’.
The proposal comes as bid to tackle sexual harassment on public transport.
Corbyn told The Independent that, if elected, he would consult women on the potential move, and also consider the introduction of a 24-hour hotline for reporting harassment.
The idea comes at a time that the British Transport Police report a 25 per cent increase in sex offenses on trains and around stations.
My intention would be to make public transport safer for everyone from the train platform to the bus stop to the mode of transport itself. However, I would consult with women and open it up to hear their views on whether women-only carriages would be welcome – and also if piloting this at times and [on] modes of transport where harassment is reported most frequently would be of interest.
The proposal has been met with a fierce backlash from other Labour leadership contenders.
Yvette Cooper, MP for the Normanton, believes the policy would be ‘turning the clock back, not tackling the problem’.
“We shouldn’t have to shut ourselves away from men for our own safety,” she added.
This sentiment was echoed by Andy Burnham, former Shadow Secretary of State for Health, who said: “In this day and age, we shouldn’t be even considering the idea of segregated train travel.”
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