Cen­tre ex­empts Sikh women from wear­ing hel­met in Chandi­garh

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New Delhi: Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh on Thurs­day asked the Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion to ex­empt Sikh women from wear­ing hel­met while driv­ing two-wheel­ers in the Union Ter­ri­tory.

The move came af­ter Sikh bodies, led by Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (Badal) Pres­i­dent Sukhbir Singh Badal met Ra­j­nath Singh ear­lier on Thurs­day. The Min­istry also ad­vised the Union Ter­ri­tory ad­min­is­tra­tion to fol­low the no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by the Delhi Govern­ment giv­ing an ex­emp­tion to Sikh women from wear­ing “pro­tec­tive head­gear (hel­met).” The Delhi Trans­port De­part­ment in its no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued on June 4, 1999, had carried out an amend­ment to Rule 115 of Delhi Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act 1993, mak­ing it op­tional for women “whether rid­ing on pil­lion or driv­ing mo­tor­cy­cle to wear a pro­tec­tive head­gear.”

The rule was fur­ther amended through an­other no­ti­fi­ca­tion dated Au­gust 28, 2014, whereby the word “women” was re­placed by “Sikh women”.

Ra­j­nath Singh

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