A German train operator has announced it is introducing women and children-only train carriages amid fears over sex attacks in the country.
A spokesman for the railway said: “The local proximity to the customer service representative is chosen deliberately.”
Germany is still reeling from a a string of sex attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, allegedly carried out by dozens of migrants.
In total more than 800 complaints were made to police and the incidents have sparked criticism over German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to refuse to limit the number of refugees allowed into the country.
The idea of gender segregated carriages was suggested by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last year as a measure to reduce sexual harassment on public transport.
He said: “Some women have raised with me that a solution to the rise in assault and harassment on public transport could be to introduce women-only carriages. “I would consult with women and open it up to hear their views on whether women-only carriages would be welcome – and if piloting this at times and on modes of transport where harassment is reported most frequently would be of interest.”
The measure is also currently in place in countries such as Brazil, Mexico and Egypt.