Chinese police are warning women not to wear mini-skirts or hotpants to avoid sexual harassment on public transport.
Transport and police bosses in Beijing have issued the guidance in response to increasing reports of women being subjected to groping or covert filming on mobile phones.
They also suggested that women should not sit on the upper decks of buses and shelter their bodies using bags, magazine or newspapers.
According to the China Daily, the statement reads:
‘Women should not wear minimal clothing, such as mini skirts or hot pants when taking public transportation and should call police promptly if they are sexually harassed.
‘Women are advised to not 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.’
Anyone caught harassing women faces a warning, fine or up to 15 days in detention as a punishment, the guidelines add.
Xing Wei, a police officer with the department, said that the guideline has been published on the bureau’s micro blog to increase women’s awareness of the offence and give them ways of protecting themselves.