Saturday, February 2, 2008

"The Pink Bus"

All's rosy on the "pink bus" (left), but apparently not elsewhere in Mexico City.
According to an Associated Press report, harassment of women passengers there has become intolerable. (hat tip; photo credit)
Groping and verbal harassment is an exasperating reality for women using public transportation in this sprawling capital, where 22 million passengers cram onto subways and buses each day.
Personal experience, in the United States and Europe alike, tells me Mexico City's not alone in this problem. To its credit, the city's been working on solutions:

Some men treat women so badly that the subway system has long had ladies-only cars during rush hour, with police segregating the sexes on the platforms.

And the city's just gone one step further, joining transport systems in India, Brazil, and Japan in designating "'ladies only' buses, complete with pink signs in the windshields to wave off the men." Only women and their children are allowed. When a man got on by accident, he was hooted off the bus in a couple stops. At this janitor Yolanda Altamirano, 64, delivered what counts as today's IntLawGrrls' 'Nuff said:

Now he knows how women feel.