Indian Court Suggests Ban on Saris for Pillion-riders

by Gopalan on Aug 24 2008 11:02 AM

A high court in southern India has suggested ban on saris for women on the pillion of two-wheelers, saying the practice is risky.

The sari is a famous traditional wear of Indian women, wrapping them around, neck down. Though many youngsters as also working women, are switching to less complicated salwars, loose pants, saris still remain the dominant trend.

The longish end of the sari thrown over the shoulders sometimes get caught in the wheels, causing accidents.

A division bench of the Kerala High Court pointed to the danger and called upon the federal and state governments to consider changes in the Motor Vehicles Act and prohibit wearing of saris by those riding on the pillion.

The pillion-rider could sit astride to lessen chances of accidents, but that would be inconvenient for those wearing a sari.

Hence the suggestion of the court for a total ban on saris for pillion-riders. It was disposing of a petition filed for accident compensation from a woman.

The judges also asked the authorities not to allow more than one child on a two-wheeler when two adults were on the vehicle.

"More load would make the vehicle unstable and cause mishaps," the bench said.

Motorcycle manufacturers should be instructed upon to provide handgrips behind the driver seat and footrests for the passenger sitting behind, the bench added.

The court also noted that there was no scheme whereby insurance coverage could be provided for the pillion-rider.