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SAD-BJP urges Chandigarh administrator to withdraw helmet rule for Sikh women 

They said as per Sikh rehat maryada, it was not mandatory for Sikh women to wear a turban, and that most women covered their heads with a dupatta. 

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2018 12:30 IST
HT Correspondent 
HT Correspondent 
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Chandigarh administration has made wearing helmet mandatory for Sikh women while driving two-wheelers.(HT File )

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday urged Chandigarh administrator VP Singh Badnore to withdraw the notification making helmet mandatory for Sikh women while driving two-wheelers.

A SAD-BJP delegation led by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab BJP general secretary Parveen Bansal told the Chandigarh administrator that Sikh women were exempted from wearing helmets even by the Supreme Court, which had adjudicated on this matter in a civil appeal filed by the Chandigarh administration in 2004.

Sukhbir pointed out that the apex court held the view that clause three of the Motor Vehicles (Protective Headgears) Rules, 1980, exempted Sikh women from wearing helmets.

The delegation members, including SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema, Chandigarh SAD president Hardeep Singh Buterla and Chandigarh SGPC member Harjinder Kaur, said the Chandigarh administration had changed the definition of Sikh women by substituting the words “or a woman” in the rules to “a Sikh person (including women) wearing turban”.

They said as per Sikh rehat maryada, it was not mandatory for Sikh women to wear a turban, and that most women covered their heads with a dupatta.

The delegation said this action had hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community, and the decision of the UT administration to change the definition of Sikh women had been condemned by all Sikh religious bodies, including the jathedar of Sri Akal Takth, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh community.

Sukhbir urged the administrator to intervene and direct the Chandigarh administration to withdraw the controversial notification immediately.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 12:29 IST