After extreme pressure from the Sikh community and its organizations, the Chandigarh Administration has changed its notification and exempted the Sikh women from wearing headgear, (helmet), whilst driving the two-wheelers.
With the new rules, it will be optional for the Sikh women to wear the protective headgear while driving the scooter.
A spokesperson of the administration on behalf of the entire administration said, “The Chandigarh Administration has notified the amendment in Rule 193 of Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990”.
The year 2018, taking suo motu cognisance, a Punjab and Haryana High Court division bench examined that road mishaps do not see the gender of the victim. The judges who took this decision comprised of Justices Ajay Kumar Mittal and Anupinder Singh Grewal who made this observation whilst hearing a public interest litigation which was filed by the law researcher, Anil Saini.
The researcher wanted the changes in the laws of Punjab and Chandigarh which kept the women exempted from wearing a helmet, which increased their risks of getting fatal injuries in the road accidents.
The UT Administration made these amendments in its rule under the Motor Vehicle Act. The challan drive was initiated on 5th September. The city administration later filed a status report in the High Court informing about the changed notification.
During the hearing on 26 September, the High Court also directed the Punjab government for clarifying its exemption to the Sikh women.