The Delhi Government made it compulsory for women riding pillion to wear a helmet too. This will be in effect immediately. Although Sikh women have been exempted on religious grounds, others are not.
In 1998, the Delhi Government made it compulsory for pillion riders to wear a helmet too, but after objections regarding religion, the rule was made optional for women.
A top official at the transport department said that Wearing helmets for women is now mandatory who are pillion riders in Delhi. However, Sikh women have been kept out of its ambit on religious grounds.
According to the transport department of Delhi, a total of 576 two wheeler riders lost their lives in 2012 alone. The majority of these deaths is due to head injury which would have been avoided if the victims were wearing helmets.
The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC), has welcomed this rule by the traffic department and exempting Sikh women. The committee has also agreed to issue minor certificates to identify Sikh women.
The traffic police will now fine women riding pillion who are not wearing helmets.
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