Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee has written to the Lt-Governor, requesting him to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmets, a day after the Transport department sought the permission of the Election Commission to make helmets mandatory for women pillion riders in the city.
“According to Sikh tenets, wearing of caps is not permitted. Some Sikh women, who are Amritdhari, wear turbans or head gear and it is not possible for them to wear helmets,” Manjit Singh, president of DSGMC, wrote in a letter to L-G Najeeb Jung.
He said there is great resentment among Sikh women and demanded a review of the order in light of their religious sentiments. “It will be highly appreciated if you don’t issue such an order. However, Sikh women can wear helmets of their own will. The Legislative being the supreme law making body has the prerogative to amend the Act,” Singh said in his letter to Jung.
Jung has given his approval to the proposal that makes wearing helmets mandatory for women pillion riders in the city, following which it has been sent to the Election Commission for approval.
Earlier, government had to exempt women from wearing helmets after strong objections from the Sikh community. A PIL in this regard was dismissed by Delhi HC in January.