Shanghai women protest on metro after being told to cover up

A group of women protested on the underground after being told to wear more clothing to avoid sexual harassment

A group of women protested on the Shanghai metro last Sunday following a message by authorities instructing women to be ‘self-dignified to avoid perverts’.

The message, posted online, also included a photo of a woman waiting for a train wearing a see-through dress.

This came after a crackdown on metro ‘harassers’ following a spate of sexual attacks on the metro. Three men were arrested in the space of 7 days earlier this month after flashing and assaulting women.

The group of protestors wore veils over their faces and held up signs with slogans such as ‘I can be flirtatious but you can’t harass.’

One protestor, who called herself Xiangqi, told the China Daily newspaper that ‘women should have the freedom to choose what to wear’ as ‘how people dress should never be an excuse for sexual harassment.’

However Lan Tian, a media officer from the Shanghi Metro, is defending the online warning.

He says that reports of a protest were ‘sheer hype’ adding that ‘we feel obliged to remind female passengers about self-protection and they are free to wear fewer clothes.

‘There is no conflict between these two things.’

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