Akalis take exception to helmets for Sikh women

first_imgWith the Chandigarh administration making helmet mandatory for all women driving two-wheelers or riding pillion, the Shiromani Akali Dal has taken exception to the decision, saying that the step was not in consonance with Sikh religion and culture.To deliberate on the decision, a meeting of all women Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members has been convened on July 12 at the SGPC head office in Amritsar, said Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of the Istri Akali Dal, in a statement here.“The decision is not in consonance with Sikh religion and culture, and hence we have decided to discuss the issue in its entirety,” she said. Ms. Kaur added that women intellectuals have also been invited to participate in the meeting and give their views on the matter.“Depending on the views expressed at the meeting, we would plan our next line of action, which could include a protest, if required,” she added.The Chandigarh administration had on Friday last issued a notification making use of helmet mandatory for all women, including Sikhs, while driving two-wheelers or riding pillion. The notification exempts Sikh women wearing a turban from wearing a helmet.last_img

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