Recently, one of my friends had an accident. She was riding a two-wheeler and was banged by a car. She fell down on the road and had major head injuries. Reason: No helmet.
If we go by some statistics, 64 women on two-wheelers have been died in fatal accidents. Reason: No helmet.
Delhi and Bhopal are only two cities, in my knowledge, who have given women a ‘free-pass’ to not to wear helmets. I am also sure that there would be other cities too with such ‘generous’ attitude towards women
— w3.adityabhasin.in (@meadityabhasin) March 26, 2012
It is difficult to understand why do such things exist in our society? Are woman so different that they are allowed to drive without helmets? Doesn’t women live as precious as men? In above example she was a friend, but someday it could be my sister or my mother even. I cannot face such accidents in case of any member of my family or around me. (Both the sexes; especially, a female member because for obvious reason she is at greater risk.)
We are not in a position to deny the importance of women in our lives. No matter what, we have to protect women in all possible scenarios. On one hand, our government is spending millions on prevention of girl-child killing and on the other hand, government itself is letting women die on roads every year. If I ride without a helmet (which I don’t) I will be fined with minimum of Rs 100. And if my sister does same, she is let go free. She is only given a warning about wearing a helmet as a measure of own safety and not because she shall be fined next time
In Delhi the rule 115 makes it optional for women to wear helmets, where as the section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act applicable all over India makes it mandatory for all two-wheeler riders to wear helmets.
I wonder when there is a rule applicable all over the country, why does Delhi and Bhopal have this exemption. Are woman of these too cities Superwomen that they will never land-up in an accident or say will never be injured?
Making helmet compulsory in Delhi is far more important than other cities. I have lived in this city since my birth and there are certain things which does not change in our city; male ego. It is a religion for Delhi man to over-take; and if their vehicle is over taken by a woman, things turn out to be nasty. They will surely over-take that woman; dangerous way possible. (Exempt me from this religion. I would rather play safe.)
I also think that instead of relying on what rules says, women should wear helmets, irrespective of what law says. I mean we do not follow all rules we are asked to, then why this one?
Break rules. Wear helmet. Save your life.
With my views on this subject, I think it is ‘Time to Change’ and move-forward to bring a positive change in our society.
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About Aditya Bhasin
Aditya Bhasin a not-so-creative person is a student of English literature at University of Delhi. He was born and brought up in Delhi and choose never to move out. You will find him at eating places more than his college, exploring places more than staying at home and get in touch with him through social media rather than calling on his mobile phone. He aspires to write a novel. He also wish to be a successful media (communication) professional.