Delhi, March 27: A law which prohibits boys from wearing cars in public is likely to be introduced in Parliament this month after the death of a 16-year-old boy from electrocution.
The boy’s death in Dadri on Thursday was a tragic reminder of the dangers of car seats for young children, according to a report by the National Crime Records Bureau.
“We are waiting for the Chief Minister’s notification that the bill will be introduced and the law would be in effect from January 10,” said A.K. Mani, secretary of the Delhi Assembly Standing Committee for Child Safety.
“If this bill becomes law, then a boy in Delhi will be able to ride a bike on the roads without any problem,” he added.
According to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), more than 50 million children under the age of five were riding bikes in India in 2015.
A boy riding a bike in Delhi on Wednesday, March 21, 2017.
(File: Reuters photo)The NHAI report said that between 2009 and 2014, a total of 3,200 people were killed in accidents involving children riding bikes.
In 2016, the National Safety Council (NSC) said that a child was killed in an accident with a bike as he was riding on the city’s outskirts, and that in the past five years, there had been at least 50 deaths due to a child riding a bicycle.
The NSC said that the number of deaths from accidents involving cars in India increased by more than 500 per cent from 2013 to 2019, while the number due to accidents involving bikes rose by more over the same period.
The National Highway Safety Authority of New Delhi said in a statement that while it was unable to disclose the exact number of children killed in the last five years due to car accidents, it has recorded over 20,000 accidents involving young children.