Teen girl in sleeveless top barred from bus in Israel after driver says outfit is ‘sexual harassment’

The driver asked the girl if she had other clothes to wear

<p>The incident took place in central Israel </p>

The incident took place in central Israel

A 13-year-old girl wearing shorts and a sleeveless top was barred from getting on a bus in central Israel after the vehicle’s driver informed her that her outfit was deemed “sexual harassment by law”.

The teenager was waiting for the No 9 bus, which makes its way from Or Akiva to Binyamina-Givat Ada, on Friday, a hot day, when the incident happened.

Haaretz reports that the driver asked her whether she had anything to cover herself up with.

After she told the bus driver she did not have any other clothes, the driver is said to have refused to let her on the bus.

The young girl told Haaretz: “I was shocked. I couldn’t understand what was happening. I later regretted not confronting the driver. I don’t think boys would have been treated like that.”

She added: “It took me a while to understand the situation. It’s very upsetting. I think the driver didn’t let me on because of a chauvinistic approach.”

The girl’s mother filed a complaint against the driver with the National Public Transport Authority when her daughter told her what had happened.

The mother said: “His behaviour in a public space constitutes a serious offence to basic rights we all have, and especially to human dignity.” She added that her daughter “was raised learning the importance of complete equality. Nobody can tell her what to wear.”

The Kavim bus company has said it will investigate the incident, and that disciplinary action will be taken against the driver if it transpires that he infringed the firm’s policies.

“The company instructs its drivers to allow any and every passenger to use its services, and to get on the bus regardless of their appearance,” the firm told Haaretz.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in