During Simchas Beis HaShoeva many men drink as part of simchas yom tov and therefore the separation protects women from being face to face with inebriated men. The arrangement has a rationale, but spraying mace at people has no rationale. Shouldn't these crowds have a police presence as a security precaution?
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from the article: Haredi teargases woman for using 'men only' sidewalk