Helmets made mandatory for women riders, Sikh women exempted

According to transport department, in Delhi alone, a total number of 576 two wheeler riders lost their lives during 2012.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2014 9:30 pm
According to the earlier provision, it was optional for the women pillion rider to wear helmet. (Source: AP photo) According to the earlier provision, it was optional for the women pillion rider to wear helmet. (Source: AP photo)

Women riding pillion on two-wheelers in the city will have to wear helmets though Sikh women have been exempted from it on religious grounds.

The Delhi government on Thursday issued a notification making wearing of helmets mandatory for women with immediate effect.

According to the earlier provision, it was optional for the women pillion rider to wear helmet.

According to transport department, it will be optional for Sikh women whether riding on pillion or driving a two-wheeler to wear helmet.

The community had opposed making wearing of helmet by women pillion riders compulsory on religious ground.

“Wearing helmets is now mandatory for women pillion riders in Delhi. However, Sikh women have been kept out of its ambit on religious grounds,” said a top transport department official.

Delhi Government has amended the rule 115 of Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules, 1993 to make the new provisions.

In 1998, the Delhi government had made wearing helmets mandatory for all pillion riders, but following objections from the people belonging to Sikh community, it had to amend the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993 in June 1999 and made it optional for women.

According to transport department, in Delhi alone, a total number of 576 two wheeler riders lost their lives during 2012.

The main risk factor for motorised two wheeler users is the non-use of helmets and head injuries are the major cause of death, injury and  disability among them. Many of these head injuries could have been prevented or their severity reduced through the use of helmets.

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First Published on: August 28, 2014 9:29 pm
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    gaurav jindal
    Aug 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    Why pillion riders should wear helmet at all, it should be a choice rather than imposing it on people. Its so difficult to carry a second helmet like that. Stuupid rules
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      Paddy Singh
      Aug 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm
      Why are Sikh women exempted from wearing helmets? Can any Sikh woman educate me on this?
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        sonia
        Aug 30, 2014 at 5:14 am
        HELMETS FOR ALL WOMEN-RIDERS‘Natural’ accidents, like natural deaths, make no distinction on the basis of caste, creed, cl, race, age, religion or . The State is therefore expected to give equalconsideration to ALL sections of society amongst the citizens of India in mattersconcerning their safety, too (which has not been the rule at all so far), and effortsshould be made to integrate all communities into the mainstream, not deliberatelydiscriminate against them by jeopardizing their safety of all things.As for statistics the Gurdwara Committee reportedly sourced from Delhi Police tobolster its request to Lieutenant Governor Delhi for exemption of Sikh womenfrom the helmet rule, I fail to see how an unreformed and unpunished ‘security’force could have been relied on to provide authentic data on Sikh fatality/mortality rates, considering how deftly that same ‘security’ force managed to erase/fudge all data (including number of deaths) relating to Delhi’s 84 Pogrom of Sikhs (in much the same way Electoral Commission erased names of all Sikhs from electoral lists post that Pogrom). ‘Authentic’ statistics on Sikhs from a police force that not only deliberately refused to save the Sikh community during the 84 Pogrom, but also deliberately killed it?In response to the Gurdwara Committee’s peion, Delhi Government could havereached a more reasonable decision for all concerned (including traffic police)by exempting from the helmet rule only turbaned women (the reasoning being thata turban does cushion a rider’s head to some extent), not Sikh women as a w(in their own interest). I suppose it is not too late for an amendment to bemade to the helmet rule.I myself was victim of a near-fatal accident on a two-wheeler at the site of anunder-construction flyover in Delhi (negligently handled by the infamous Unitech), which left me bed-ridden for almost a year. I survived that accident, not because I have the privilege of belonging to any particular religious community. I survived because of the timely intervention of a Very Good Samaritan on a bicycle (no one in a carstopped to help), and that of my family and hospital staff. But neither the timely intervention of that Very Good Samaritan, nor that of my family and hospital staff would have helped me survive had I not been wearing a sy (Studds) helmet at the time of that near-fatal accident.Therefore, regardless of the recent exemptions to the helmet rule, I strongly urge women of ALL communities who ride a two-wheeler (including pillion-riders), to wear avery sy and well-ing helmet for many happy rides! LIFE is more important than hairstyles, would you not agree?
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