"We have issued 5,200 challans to women riders and pillions for not wearing helmet during the special drive," said Anil Shukla, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

The Traffic Police has started prosecuting women riding two-wheelers without helmet after 15 days awareness campaign.

The drive started after the Delhi government on August 28 amended the rule 115 of the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules, 1993 which made wearing of safety headgear mandatory for women with immediate effect.

Sikh women have been exempted from it on religious grounds. But they had to show their voter identity card to get exemption.

In 1998, the Delhi government had made wearing helmets mandatory for all pillion riders, but following objections from the people belonging to Sikh community, it had to amend the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993 in June 1999 and had made it optional for women.

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