Stamford Hill sign tells women to: Walk this way

Know your place.

Know your place.

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry may have penned the hit song, but this week in Stamford Hill, Hackney Council had to remove posters up and down the densely populated Orthodox Jewish neighborhood that instructed women to “please walk on this side of the road only”.

Written in both Yiddish and English, the signs were put up ahead of a Torah Parade and not removed.

In adhering to strict Orthodox laws, men and women not related are not allowed to touch each other, not even a hand shake.

Superintendent Andy Walker, from Hackney police, said officers had spoken to the parade organizers about “potential misinterpretation” of the signs.

He added: “They have agreed that next year they will only be written in Yiddish and will be removed more swiftly after the event.”

Stamford Hill Shorim group leader Chaim Hochhauser,  said they had contacted the organizers to inform them the posters “lacked explanation”.

He added: “We didn’t know much about these posters until it was brought to our attention later on. We have since contacted the event organizers, and explained that these posters lacked explanation in the English text, and therefore could have offended people who don’t understand the Hebrew wording and the logo.”

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