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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Kiran Bedi replies to Twitterati’s objection to her night ride, sans helmet, in Puducherry

Lieutenant Governor, Puducherry, Kiran Bedi had conducted an incognito night patrol on a two-wheeler, but while many appreciated the move, there were those who questioned her choice of defying traffic rules and not wearing a helmet. Bedi took to Twitter to respond to the all those who questioned her decision to go sans helmet.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 20, 2017 5:43:10 pm
kiran bedi, kiran bedi scooter, kiran bedi pondicherry, kiran bedi puducherry, kiran bedi night patrol scooter, kiran bedi no helmet, Kiran Bedi said the decision to go without a helmet was a “careful choice”. (Source: Lt Gov Puducherry/Twitter)

No matter where she might be, Kiran Bedi is known to stir things up, and that is exactly what she did in a bid to assess women’s safety in the Union Territory of Puducherry, of which she is the Lieutenant Governor. Bedi went incognito for a patrolling session on the streets of Puducherry, riding pillion on a scooter, with her dhupatta/shawl covering her head and face. She shared her experience later on Twitter with a photo and video of the patrolling, with the caption, “Found Puducherry reasonably safe at night. But will be improved. Also urge people to connect with PCR,100/ & inform their concerns..”

Now, as much as the novel step by the LG was applauded by Netizens, there were many who pointed out that Bedi and her companion were riding without helmets, and thus not following the rules. But not one to be unnerved by pointed questions and reprimands, Bedi took to the micriblogging site to respond, saying, “Not wearing helmet was a careful choice. Both wanted to appear vulnerable & wanted to see how we women driving a scooty at nite r looked at”.



Well, not sure if that reasoning would cut the mustard with Netizens, but if anyone can take care of herself against goons, there’s no denying that Bedi can.

And in case you’ve missed it, here are the tweets Bedi had posted the day before.


In reaction to these tweets, some of the censorious reactions included, “Rules and regulations for common citizens… They don’t apply to politicians in general and LG in particular”, “It’s good nd appreciative action but it wud b better if atleast rider wears helmet too”, among others.


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