Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that he had advised the Chandigarh administration to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers.
According to a Ministry official, Mr. Singh had received representations from various Sikh bodies that wearing helmets hurt their religious sentiments.
According to the representations, wearing any kind of cap or hat goes against the tenets of Sikhism. Chandigarh, a Union Territory, is under the administrative control of the Union Home Ministry. The Chandigarh administration had penalised Sikh women without helmets after scores of women on two-wheelers were killed in road accidents.
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