Under the new rule, women motor bike riders are expected to wear head gears while driving in Chandigarh. This is true for all including Sikh women except those who wear a turban
The Hush Post: The UT Traffic Police has extended up to September 15, the date from which it will start issuing challans to women riding two-wheelers without helmets. The rule was to be implemented beginning Wednesday but was deferred by 10 days. Under the new rule, women motor bike riders are expected to wear head gears while driving in Chandigarh. This is true for all including Sikh women except those who wear a turban.
Punjab governor and Chandigarh administrator VP Singh Badnore on July 6 this year had issued a notification to this effect. Earlier, proposing amendment in Rule 193 of the Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990, the UT had invited objections and suggestions from people within one month, from the date of publication of the draft notification in the extraordinary gazette.
The UT Police had been holding awareness drives in the city since the notification was issued. A fine of Rs. 300 and Rs. 600 for subsequent offence will be imposed by the police on women found to be driving or riding motorbikes without helmets.
The decision was pending since May when the Chandigarh Administration had received 14 suggestions, of which seven were in favour of exempting only Sikh women, while the rest were against it. Senior UT officers had sent their recommendations to the administrator for a decision.
On April 21, following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, the Chandigarh Administration had proposed that all women, except those who were Sikh and wore turbans, will have to wear head gears.
The amendment has been proposed considering the safety of women, including that of Sikh women who did not wear a turban.
In his objection, Hardeep Singh Buterla, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), said, “Women wearing helmet is totally against Sikhism. Amending the Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990, will hurt sentiments of Sikhs. We will not allow this to happen.”