- Lt Governor went on a two-wheeler to see how safe Puducherry is for women
- She rode pillion but neither she, nor her companion, wore a helmet
- Bedi said it was a careful decision as she wanted to appear vulnerable
She did win wholesome praise from her followers, but many also spotted a violation of the law.
Neither she, nor the woman riding the two-wheeler was wearing a helmet.
"Found Puducherry reasonably safe at night. But will be improved," Ms Bedi, 68, tweeted this morning, announcing her late night round on Twitter. It is not clear how she arrived at this conclusion, or what had provoked the surprise check.
A clip of Night Round done 'incognito' to check how safe was it for women++during late night hours.- Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) August 19, 2017
Helped identify areas for improvement.. pic.twitter.com/1BeMsL1JQX
Good job. But where is helmet?- Shwetha Bhat (@shwethasamsekai) August 19, 2017
Later, Ms Bedi insisted that "not wearing helmet was a careful choice".
"Both wanted to appear vulnerable and wanted to see how we women driving a scooty at night are looked at," she said.
Like Tamil Nadu, Puducherry did not enforce helmets for pillion riders for years but the Madras High Court in 2015 ordered the police to enforce the law on the protective headgear.
In February, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy declared that two-wheeler riders would compulsorily have to wear helmets from 1 May this year.
The Chief Minister had said two-wheelers accounted for 46 per cent of the total road accidents in the union territory. Last year, 60 people who did not use helmets while riding two-wheelers were killed in mishaps here last year.
According to official crime statistics, the Puducherry area had reported 18 cases of molestation of women and 2 cases of sexual harassment in 2016.