SAD-BJP delegation urges UT Administrator to withdraw notification making it mandatory for Sikh women to wear helmets
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photos By T S Bedi
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) urged Union Territory Administrator VP Singh Badnore to withdraw the notification making it mandatory for Sikh women to wear helmets while driving two wheelers.
A SAD-BJP delegation led by S Sukhbir Singh Badal and Parveen Bansal apprised the UT Administrator that Sikh women were exempted from wearing helmets by even the Supreme Court which had adjudicated on this issue in a civil appeal filed by the Chandigarh Administration in 2004. The SAD president 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 Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, SAD Chandigarh president Hardeep Singh Buterla and Chandigarh SGPC member Bibi Harjinder Kaur apprised VP Singh Badnore that 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 the turban”. It said as per Sikh rehat maryada it is 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 Sahib, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh community.
Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, Sukhbir Badal urged the UT Administrator to intervene and direct the Chandigarh administration to withdraw the controversial notification making it mandatory for Sikh women to wear helmets while driving two wheelers immediately.
The delegation members included Gobind Singh Longowal President, SGPC, S. Charanjit Singh Atwal S. Maheshinder Singh Grewal,S. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Bibi Jagir Kaur, S. Gulzar Singh Ranike, S. Bikram Singh Majithia, S. Baldev Singh Maan, S. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, S. Lakhbir Singh Lodinangal, Pawan Kumar Teenu, N.K Sharma,S. Baldev Singh Khaira, S. Dilraj Singh Bhunder, Dr. Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, S Jagdip Singh Nakai, S Charnjit Singh Brar and Ashok Narang.