Bedi went on a sudden inspection on Friday night and posted the picture on Saturday, in which neither she nor the rider wore helmets.
Puducherry: Soon after posting pictures of her surprise inspection on a two-wheeler to assess safety of women in the Union Territory late at night, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi was bombarded with questions by twitterati – where is your helmet.
Bedi went on a sudden inspection on Friday night and posted the picture on Saturday, in which neither she nor the scooter rider was seen in helmets.
Although, Bedi received appreciation for “being a caring and responsible citizen”, she was also criticised for violating traffic rules by not wearing a helmet.
On a lighter note you should have been booked for riding without helmet.— J Sam Daniel Stalin (@jsamdaniel) August 19, 2017
It's good nd appreciative action but it wud b better if atleast rider wears helmet too.— मनीष सिंह🇮🇳 (@manish34) August 19, 2017
Isn't it funny ma'am? ..while riding bicycle you are using helmet and no helmet on bike!!— rahul verma (@rahulverma2112) August 19, 2017
Bedi tried to explain her decision of not taking precaution, stating that it was "careful choice" made to appear vulnerable. However, this excuse did not go down well with the social media users.
"Not wearing helmet was a careful choice. Both wanted to appear vulnerable & wanted to see how we women driving a scooty at nite r looked at," Bedi tweeted.
Not wearing helmet was a careful choice. Both wanted to appear vulnerable & wanted to see how we women driving a scooty at nite r looked at https://t.co/SkGfvQlBR6— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) August 19, 2017
Twiteratti rejected her explanation, calling it a publicity stunt. Many suggested her to do the 'right thing' by wearing a helmet.
Breaking the law is "careful choice" for someone who swore to uphold the Constitution. Shame.— Senna (@SennaRed) August 20, 2017
So....The law of land allow careful choices ?? It seems the so called vulnerability was a cheap publicity stunt.— Mind Blowing (@aapkisarkaar1) August 19, 2017
You are a governor... Why doing political stunts..if u r concerned about women safety bring up the matter constitutionally.— satyajeet kukade (@s_kukade) August 19, 2017
What this picture proves is that Pondicherry police isn't doing their job - people are blatantly breaking laws - as she was incognito so— vivek raj (@vivekrajindia) August 19, 2017
Breaking the law— Geet Varun (@geetv79) August 20, 2017
Can never be a matter of "Careful Choice"
I will remember this excuse next time I am stopped by the police for not wearing helmet.— vivek raj (@vivekrajindia) August 19, 2017
Publicity matters— Mahavani Mohit (@Mahavani2) August 20, 2017
Bedi, in a bid to hide her identity, had covered her face with a dupatta while taking the ride.