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Woman Told To Move To Back Of Sex-Segregated Bus In Brooklyn (VIDEO)

First Posted: 10/19/2011 3:44 pm Updated: 12/19/2011 5:12 am

The New York World has uncovered what it says is a case of sex-segregation on a Brooklyn bus line.

When Melissa Franchy boarded the B110 bus in Brooklyn, she was initially allowed to sit wherever she liked, the paper reported. But when more Hasidic men started to board the bus, which runs between Williamsburg and Borough Park, she was asked by passengers to move to the back of the vehicle.

"On any other bus," Daily Intel notes, "such a request might have resulted in an uproar, an angry confrontation, and an entertaining YouTube video. But the B110 is no ordinary bus. It's a Jewish bus."

The bus is run privately with permission from the city, according to the World.

The New York Post explains that the rules on the bus are designed to keep women and men from coming into contact with each other which is usually forbidden in Hasidic tradition. A female Post reporter was told by a B110 driver that she could not sit in the vehicle's first row because it was reserved for men.

The Department of Transportation is looking into the incident reported by the World.

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Filed by Simon McCormack  |