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Women commuters facing sexual harassment in public transport

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Women commuters facing sexual harassment in public transport
Women commuters facing sexual harassment in public transport

Kathmandu, 5th February, 2015 :  Shristi Tamang (name changed) is a commuter who boards public buses to reach her office in Baluwatar from her home at New Baneshower.

Tamang shared that she often has to travel standing in the bus since the buses are crammed with passengers, especially in the peak hours. The only unpleasant moment for her to travel in public transport is the sexual misbehavior she keeps experiencing there.

“The bus I board during my office hours is often laden with in-bulk passengers, that is when the pervert male passengers attempt to touch my sensitive parts,” grieved Shrestha.

Women commuters facing sexual harassment in public transport
Women commuters facing sexual harassment in public transport

Similarly, Bhawana Adhikari (name changed) also shares the same experience like Shrestha as she also commutes in a public transport to and from office in Kupandole and has faced several sexual harassments.

She explained, “Although the buses are jam-packed with passengers in the rush hours, I willy-nilly hop into the public transport to reach office in time, that is when the fellow male passengers deliberately misbehave with the females.”

According to a study carried out by a group of youth conducting a campaign against sexual violence against women in the public transport, such incidents are on rise of late.

On the other side, the failure in implementing the Directives issued in 2065 to curb the sexual abuse in the workplaces has further fuelled the rise in sexual violence. RSS

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