July 4, 1995 in Nation/World

Women Told To Sit In Rear Of Bus

Compiled From Wire Services

Rabbis in a religious town near Tel Aviv have ruled that women must sit at the back of public buses going through town.

The rabbinical court in the town of Bnei Brak urged men and women to sit separately on bus route No. 1 for the sake of “modesty and purity.”

The bus route is completely within Bnei Brak, where most residents are ultra-Orthodox Jews. The edict appears directed at all women who ride on the bus line, regardless of their religion.

The ruling took effect Sunday.

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