Friday, December 12, 2014

Helmets for Sikh women not feasible: Delhi high court

The Delhi high court on Thursday rejected a couple of petitions seeking revocation of the city government’s notification to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmets while driving or riding pillion on two-wheelers.
The court said it was not feasible to make headguards mandatory for them.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said the Delhi government’s decision to “exclude Sikh women was a well-thought-out and considered decision and taken after following the procedure prescribed in the MV Act”. “The decision is found to be in the legislative domain of the government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and have been made in accordance with law and neither the courts nor the petitioners can substitute their own opinion for the same,” the judges said.

The court’s order came on two different public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the recent amendment to Rule 115(2) of the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules that has exempted Sikh women from wearing helmets in Delhi.
The court had earlier asked the transport department to apprise why it had made such an amendment in the law that exempted Sikh women from wearing helmets.

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