Ministry to court on 'Mehadrin' buses: Segregation illegal, by choice OK

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October 27, 2009 10:42

The Transportation Ministry delivered the conclusions of the committee report on gender-segregated public bus-lines, known as 'Mehadrin' buses, to the High Court of Justice Tuesday morning. According to the report, the segregation itself is not legal, but passengers may voluntarily segregate themselves if they so chose. Egged had previously told the court that it had begun to offer segregated buses to the haredi community to compete with "pirate" buses that were already offering that service. There were reasonable alternatives for non-haredi customers on integrated routes, Egged added. The petitioners in the case have argued that that the public bus companies operated segregated buses "in which the women are required to enter from the back door and sit in the back of the bus, while the men enter from the front doors and sit in front. "Furthermore, the women are required to dress modestly. Women who oppose the arrangements that are imposed upon them and try to resist like the petitioners are humiliated and suffer from verbal harassment and threats of violence or are thrown off the bus."

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