■ Sensitise parents on perils of speed biking
■ Involve religious heads of various communities to educate youths on the importance of obeying traffic rules, such as wearing helmets and staying within the speed limit
■ Help cops if they face resistance in penalising an offender.
■ Start a sustained campaign against speed biking
These are some of the ideas that emerged from a discussion among religious heads of various communities, social workers, cops and others who gathered on Sunday morning to find out ways to curb speed biking that has led to several fatalities.
Qari Fazlur Rahman, who leads the Id prayer on Red Road, Mohammad Shafique Qasmi, the imam of Nakhoda Mosque, Islamic scholar Abdul Aziz, vicar-general Dominic Gomes, T.S. Walia, the general secretary of the Gurdwara Burra Sikh Sangat, Mohammad Nadimul Haque, a Trinamul MP, Bilal Khan, the president of south Calcutta Trinamul minority cell and general secretary of the state Trinamul Youth Congress, Athar Abbas Rizvi, a member of the Board of Waqfs, and traffic cops participated in the discussion held in the auditorium of Saifee Hall English Public School.
The discussion was organised by Faces, Calcutta. The group’s president Imran Zaki and honorary secretary Jasjit Singh attended the programme. Metro had in July published a series of reports on the perils of speed biking.
The Nakhoda Mosque imam said the “problem (of speed biking) has reached alarming proportions”.
“I take Red Road while returning home to Kidderpore. I see several youths on bikes, sometimes three on a bike and none wearing a helmet, speeding down the desolate road. They swerve dangerously and ride with the front wheel in the air,” Qasmi recounted.
“Last year His Holiness Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, and his successor Syedi Mufaddal Saifuddin had ordered community members worldwide to wear helmets while riding bikes,” said Sheikh Shabbir Boondiwala, the head Muallim of Saifee Hall School.
Walia said: “Many Sikh men do not wear helmets as they wear a turban. But many times women riding pillion also do not wear helmets. They must.”