Soon women in Chandigarh riding two-wheelers will have to wear helmets. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Chandigarh administration along with the neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana on the issue of women not wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers. The notice in this regard has been issued to the UT administration, Haryana and Punjab via home secretaries and secretary (transport) for their department.
Wearing helmets will be mandatory for women in Chandigarh
As per the public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the Punjab & Haryana High Court, it is requested to make helmets mandatory for all women riders on two-wheelers for their safety and protection. In the plea, it is also requested that helmets should be made compulsory for the women of the Sikh religion if they do not wear turbans. The petition has been filed in regard to a lot of road accidents that are taking place in Chandigarh and the tricity that often turns out to be fatal without the helmet. In the past also, there had been several cases of road accidents in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula where women two-wheeler riders have lost their lives in road accidents.
The writ petition also included that safety of the women riding the two-wheeler on the road should be above any religion. The life of women is at risk if they are exempted from wearing the helmets while riding the two-wheelers in Chandigarh and the tricity. The plea is made to make everyone aware of the consequences and punish those violating road safety rules.
When will it get implemented in Chandigarh
If the verdict comes in the favor of the one who has filed the petition then wearing helmets will be a mandatory headgear for women on two-wheelers in Chandigarh and the tricity. Challans will be made against those violating the traffic rules under the Motor Vehicle Act which also include not wearing helmets. Only women of Sikh religion wearing turbans will be exempted from wearing the helmets while riding the two-wheelers in Chandigarh, Mohali or Panchkula.
The hearing in this regard is yet to come to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 11, 2018 while the amicus curiae on the behalf of the court have also been appointed in this case.