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|November 5, 1997||
Writ urges Delhi HC to exempt Sikh women from helmet rule
The Delhi high court was yesterday petitioned against the imposition of helmet rule on Sikh women.
The petition sought amendments to the court's earlier order, making it compulsory for all pillion riders of two-wheelers to wear helmets.
Contending that the condition was against the Sikh religion, the petition said that women Sikh pillion riders should not be forced to wear helmets. The application was moved by Permanand Katara.
M S Butalia, counsel for petitioner, said that Sikh men and women were exempted from wearing crash helmets while driving two-wheelers because their religion allowed them to wear only turbans.
Chief Justice Ajay Prakash Misra said the case would be listed for Friday before a division bench comprising Justices Arun Kumar and Dalveer Bhandari. The bench had made it mandatory for every pillion rider in the city to wear helmets from November 1.
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