After Sikhs, Muslims seek exemption for women pillion riders from wearing helmets

Some groups have demanded that burqa-clad Muslim women riding pillion should be exempted from wearing helmets.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 19, 2014 7:54 pm
Some groups have demanded that burqa-clad Muslim women riding pillion should be exempted from wearing helmets. Some groups have demanded that burqa-clad Muslim women riding pillion should be exempted from wearing helmets.

After Sikh community sought exemption for women pillion riders from wearing helmets, some Muslim groups have also demanded the same relief for burqa-clad women riding pillion in the capital.

Transport Department on May 2 issued a notification seeking objections from people over its decision to amend the Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993, for making helmets mandatory for all women riding pillion on two-wheelers.

According to Transport officials, some Muslim groups have submitted their objections, demanding that burqa-clad Muslim women riding pillion should be exempted from wearing helmets.

“Some groups from Muslim community said in their objections that making helmets mandatory for Muslim women would cause inconvenience to those wearing burqa or naqab,” a transport department official said.

“It is not possible for Muslim women to wear both burqa and helmet. They can even fall on road while riding pillion as they will not be able to see properly,” an official quoted one of the objections made by a Muslim group.

According to official, Transport Department has now sent all objections and suggestions received from people in the last one month to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, who will take a final call on the matter.

Transport Department has already decided to give exemption to Sikh women pillion riders from wearing helmets in the national capital.

The decision was taken after the Sikh community strongly objected to the Transport department’s move of making helmets mandatory for all women pillion riders.

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    IndianWellWisher
    Jun 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm
    BRILLIANT!
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      Cool Drango
      Jun 21, 2014 at 5:36 am
      Any person refusing to use safety apparatus for any mode of transport should be prevented from using it. Religious laws are supposed to change with time. People who refuse to change should use mode of transport which was available when the religious rules were framed.
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        Cool Drango
        Jun 21, 2014 at 5:29 am
        Why not refuse to use modern transport and use transport facilities available in 6th century.
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          kk
          Jun 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm
          come on.. its for your own safety !!
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            Suresh MB
            Jun 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm
            No insurance also should b provided or them
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              FnGstore
              Jun 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm
              how ridiculous.
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                Sanjeev
                Jun 21, 2014 at 11:53 am
                No insurance should be provided and neither should ambulances respond to cases where two-wheeler riders are not wearing helmets.
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                  subhasis ghosh
                  Jun 22, 2014 at 9:18 am
                  Is there no limit to religious fundamentalism? In the name of religion are people willing to endanger lives?
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                    Vish
                    Jun 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm
                    No point in making life saving equipment/procedures mandatory. India has excessive potion. If people wish to die they should be allowed to do so.
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                      Citizen
                      Jun 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm
                      Why should any one wear helmets, seat belts etc they are meant to save the lives of those traveling on those vehicles/devices if they do not want due to ignorance in the name of religion let them go to god for a hand shake/land in coma for ever. It is like some people refusing vaccinations/preventive medicines let SC decide on this and issue appropriate orders. Jaihind
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                        You Rock
                        Jun 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm
                        Absolutely right. Also as Suresh said above, they should not be provided with an Insurance as well.It should also be made clear that they should be prepared to share the blame in case of any court case.
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