UT administration exempts Sikh women from wearing helmets
The Chandigarh Administration on Monday issued a notification making the helmet optional for Sikh women. Sikh women in Chandigarh will not be required to wear helmets while riding two-wheelers. Notification read, “it shall be optional for Sikh women to wear the protective headgear while driving or riding pillion on a two-wheeler in Chandigarh.”
On October 11, the Union Home Ministry sent an advisory notification to the Chandigarh Administration. It asked the administration to exempt Sikh Women from wearing a helmet while driving two-wheelers.
The Central government issued the advisory notification a Sikh leaders delegation led by SAD President, Sukhbir Singh Badal, met Home Minister, Rajnath Singh. They demanded exemption on religious grounds.
The Administration had issued a notification on July 6, making helmet compulsory for women. Only Sikh women wearing a turban will be exempted from wearing a helmet.