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Local trains turned as sexual harassment venues in metro cities Featured

Metro trains will give us safe journey and save time in rush hours in metro cities in the country. But it may not be comfortable for all the time particularly for woman passengers. According to an NGOs survey, Around 61 per cent of woman commuters on Central Railway's main line have faced sexual harassment in the form of unwanted touching, according to a safety audit conducted in Mumbai.

 Alarmingly, various forms of harassment exist irrespective of age and dressing style of women commuters, and overcrowding appears to be the main culprit. "A total of 522 women were interviewed as part of our project and 56.13 per cent respondents reported the problem of staring, while 51.34 per cent complained of receiving comments," said Nandita Shah, co-director of Akshara. The women surveyed were asked about their experience of sexual harassment while travelling in local trains. "Some women also said they have experienced more serious forms of sexual harassment, such as stalking (29.69 per cent), flashing (14.37 per cent) and groping 15.52 (per cent)," the report stated.

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