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Women-only carriages to return to Thailand's trains

BANGKOK--Thailand's railway authority said on Thursday it will re-launch women- and children-only carriages in main routes nationwide after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train earlier this month.

The State Railway of Thailand said in a statement that the special carriages will start operating on trains traveling to the north, the northeast and the south on Aug. 1. Female passengers and boys younger than 10 and shorter than 150 centimeters (4 feet 11 inches) can ride in the carriages, which will be run by female employees.

The move followed public furor over the assault allegedly carried out by the train's staff in early July. Two employees were arrested, and the national railway governor was sacked by the military government.

The women-only carriages had been canceled previously due to profit losses.

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