A German train company will start operating women-only carriages, a move which has been met with controversy.
Several reports suggest that the new carriages, for women and women travelling with children, are a response to the sex-attacks in Cologne on New Years Eve, which was largely blamed on migrants.
Regiobahn line announced this week that the women-only carriages will be available for passengers travelling between Leipzig and Chemnitz.[. . .]
The women-only carriage will be situated between the train's two 'quiet' coaches and next to the on-board 'customer service representative' - train conductor.
Regiobahn line said in a statement that 'the local proximity to the customer service representative is chosen deliberately'.
This comes just days after the first person was charged over a sexual offense in connection with the New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne. [. . .]
A 26-year-old Algerian man has been charged with sexual assault and theft, Cologne regional court spokesman Volker Koehler said Thursday.
He's accused of being in a group of around ten men who surrounded and groped a woman in the central train station, and of stealing her cellphone.
No trial date has been set. The man's name wasn't given because of German privacy laws.
More than 1,000 criminal complaints were filed over the crimes in Cologne, and several hundred of those alleged sexual crimes. Three suspects already have been convicted of theft.
A majority of the alleged attackers were reportedly migrants of foreign backgrounds, which fuelled the already heated debate on immigration in Germany and heightened tensions in the country.
German train operator begins women only carriages over fears of migrant attacks
German Regiobahn line to start operating women-only carriages
The carriages will allow women and women travelling with children
Coach has been 'deliberately' placed next to the conductor's office
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By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:59 EST, 28 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:59 EST, 28 March 2016