Feeds

Japan gets to grips with train-grope websites

Police pressure on online touch-up tipsters

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Japanese police are planning to "put pressure" on websites which offer pervs top tips on how to grope women on trains without getting cuffed, and the best packed commuter lines on which to fondle victims.

Earlier this year, a 23-year-old man who was arrested in Tokyo for molesting a high-school student told police he'd "chosen the Siakyo Line to carry out his attack because it had received high marks on a bulletin board dedicated to gropers".

The Yomiuri newspaper said the man explained to officers that he had "used the website to work on the most effective methods of molesting women and 'wanted to confirm' if they were effective".

Accordingly, the Telegraph reports, the powers that be are eyeing 100 such websites which have contributed to the growing problem of groping. While around 1,800 arrests are made each year, police reckon the actual number of incidents is much higher, since victims are "too embarrassed" to come forward.

The National Police Agency further announced it will liaise with train operators to consider other groper-busting measures, possibly including security cameras inside carriages, security guards and "more women-only carriages for the busiest times of the day".

Ultimately, the Telegraph notes, it's often difficult to secure a conviction for groping since the allegations are hard to prove.

The Supreme Court last year acquitted a 63-year-old professor at the National Defence Medical College of molesting a teenage girl on a train in 2006. He'd previously been sentenced to 22 months in prison by a lower court, "based solely on the testimony of the alleged victim". ®

Moderatrix Post-It

Any commentard complaining that women-only carriages is an outrageously sexist concept shall be cordially invited to board the 12.53 service to Bitchslap.

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.