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SL women shun ‘women only’ buses, trains: Minister

5 December 2013 05:41 pm - 26     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Women in Sri Lanka do not like to travel in ‘women only’ buses and therefore moves to introduce such buses for their convenience had been shelved, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama told Parliament today.

He said the implementation of women only busses had been pushed to the backseat because of this reason.

Minister Welgama who was responding to an oral question raised by UNP MP Sajith Premadasa in Parliament said some women had personally informed that they did not want to travel in women only buses.

Mr. Welgama said his idea to provide special carriages for women in trains had to be given up because of the same reason. “I travelled by train recently and asked them whether they wanted special carriages for women in trains but they responded negatively insisting that they didn’t like to travel alone,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 26

  • Sue Saturday, 07 December 2013 07:02 AM

    we just don't believe what the minister has to say. Can he give survey figures and how he carried it out because I think he's talking rubbish. 90% of women would rather travel with peace of mind rather than be harassed by men. So come on Mr. Minister, let's have an island wide survey done and see what the majority of women have to say.

    Sim Friday, 06 December 2013 06:25 AM

    Mr. Welgama has asked only a selected few. There are many women who like to travel on women only buses and trains/compartments

    janaka Friday, 06 December 2013 06:27 AM

    what the point talking in parliament why don't you implement.

    Lucky Weeramantry Friday, 06 December 2013 06:31 AM

    Women Will Never Agree To This Suggestion. They'll Miss All The Fun And Attention

    Lucky Weeramantry Friday, 06 December 2013 06:34 AM

    Introduce Double Deckers. Then You Can Have Upper Deck For Ladies Only. Problem Solved

    ajantha Saturday, 07 December 2013 07:51 AM

    better have a side for ladies, and ladies prefer to go with gents can select other side.

    Thomas Ranger Friday, 06 December 2013 03:31 AM

    Oh,Oh,Ohooooooooo - Bloody good news. Sri Lankan women are heterosexual.

    safo Friday, 06 December 2013 03:32 AM

    problem would have been sorted if he put some men only buses on the roads.

    xlntgson Friday, 06 December 2013 07:21 AM

    Segregation of sex may lead to homosexuality yet rapists beware!

    sanju Friday, 06 December 2013 07:24 AM

    What a load of rubbish ! So the Minister has become a one man surveyor of this issue ??

    Zahran1 Saturday, 07 December 2013 11:14 AM


    mahesh Friday, 06 December 2013 04:15 AM

    good other wise would have been an opadupa factory within that buss

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 07 December 2013 11:57 AM

    This Will Never Come Thru. You Need Two To Tango

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 07 December 2013 12:03 PM

    Aiyooo Don't Kill The Fun

    Suq Madique Friday, 06 December 2013 08:23 AM

    Seems they enjoy the 'abuse' but were just too shy to admit it. But at least now we know.

    Abdul Friday, 06 December 2013 08:30 AM

    This cannot be decided without doing a proper survey.

    Gokul Friday, 06 December 2013 08:43 AM

    Another Joker!

    sinhala modaya Friday, 06 December 2013 08:44 AM

    Dont you get it women love to travel with men & rub shoulders etc... to show equality of the sexes, simple

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 06 December 2013 08:57 AM

    Some fun news with a slight touch of politics.

    jackson Friday, 06 December 2013 08:57 AM

    women need of varities not always the same stick

    ram Friday, 06 December 2013 09:02 AM

    Reserve front seats to ladies in all coaches.

    Commuter Friday, 06 December 2013 05:09 AM

    You can't even provide a decent public transport. How can you have separate buses for women???

    Nihal Friday, 06 December 2013 05:13 AM

    You can't go against the Nature. Men need women and women need men

    Hiran Friday, 06 December 2013 10:17 AM

    A very interesting methodology he seemed to have adopted to verify the choice of female passengers. Is it only in SL, we have these type of ministers or elsewhere as well? India, Pakistan, Bangladesh may have politician of similar calibre

    Mubarak Sunday, 08 December 2013 02:46 PM

    Absolutely correct

    Rahman Friday, 06 December 2013 02:43 AM

    They want equal status with men to travel in buses standing?

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