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Reverse decision on helmets for Sikh women: Akali Dal

Chandigarh, July 14: Accusing the Union Territory (UT) Administration of changing the definition of Sikh women to make the wearing of helmets on two-wheelers compulsory for all non-turbaned women, the Shiromani Akali Dal on Saturday urged that the decision be reversed immediately for all Sikh women. “The SAD strongly urged the Chandigarh Administration to reverse its arbitrary amendment to the Motor Vehicle Rules virtually and outrageously changing the definition of a Sikh woman to mean only a woman wearing a turban,” SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said here on Saturday. Declaring that the Chandigarh administration’s action “has deeply hurt the religious sentiments of the entire Sikh community”, Cheema accused the administration of changing the definition of Sikh women to make wearing of helmets on two-wheelers mandatory for all non-turbaned women, including Sikh women. “The UT administration has absolutely no right to define or redefine the identity of a Sikh woman or to determine who is a Sikh woman in the eyes of law. Their action in this regard is absolutely dictatorial, ill-conceived and thoughtless. (IANS)