Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:46
NEW DELHI: Priya Mahindroo, 25, zips through New Delhi traffic on the back of a motorbike every day to get to work. While the law mandates a helmet for her male driver, as a woman she can legally go without.
Campaigners are becoming increasingly vocal about the consequences of this anomaly which results in dozens of lives needlessly lost each year as well as thousands of serious injuries that wreck families and burden hospitals.
Others see it as a sad reflection on patriarchal Indian values: that women are men's inferiors, their lives simply worth less in a country with a culture of celebrating sons over daughters.
For women such as Mahindroo, however, the considerations are mostly aesthetic and unless she is forced to wear a helmet by law, she'll continue to ride some of the world's most dangerous streets with her head unprotected.
"It ruins my hair," she told AFP in New Delhi as ...