Commuting is an everyday battle. You have to tread the urban jungle with a bunch of people whom you’ve grown to view as enemies because all of you regularly scramble for the most comfortable seats on public transport.
It’s bad enough in Manila—with the heat, grime, and pollution—but it’s worse in China, where the population is bigger and the commute, extremely unforgiving.
The Diplomat reported that the police of Beijing have introduced new guidelines in 2013 that pertained to females in public transportation. According to them, females should cover up and avoid wearing “minimal clothing” in their commute to avoid being sexually harassed.
They also advised females to “sit on higher levels of buses and to stand on lower stairs, to avoid being the target of inappropriate picture-taking, and they should shelter their bodies with bags, magazines and newspapers.”
The source also claimed that women in China frequently complain about being groped or touched inappropriately while they ride extremely crowded buses and subway trains in Beijing.
However, this might not be something exclusive to Beijing. Facebook fan page ‘Shanghaiist’ uploaded a short clip that showed just how sexual harassment is not just limited to touching, but to being inappropriately filmed as well.
The video has gained 21 million views as of writing and has drawn many furious comments from the netizens, especially the females.