Duppatta and motorcycles: A tragedy for one, a lesson for others


This incident happened with a cousin of mine and is being shared with the purpose that people take extra precaution and avoid any unfortunate accident. It goes as follows:

My cousin was going with her husband and her new-born baby on a bike somewhere. She was wearing shalwar kameez with dupatta and holding her baby. After some time, her dupatta came in between the rear wheel of the bike which caused the bike to lose balance and slip. All 3 people fell on the road. Lucky for them, they did not hit anything at front nor was there any car at the back, or they would have been goners for sure. The baby by the grace of Allah also remained safe. My cousin on the other hand, had a different story.

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Once the dupatta came into the wheel, the wheel kept spinning, even after the bike fell. Due to the movement of the wheel, the dupatta tightened around my cousin’s neck, and it sort of became like a “Phansi ka phunda(hanging rope)”, choking the life out of her. Her husband already fell and was in no condition to help her. Once again, lucky for her, a shopkeeper saw this, ran towards her, and cut the dupatta with a scissor, thus saving her life.

A study was carried out by The department of emergency medicine of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Aman Healthcare Services, Road Traffic Injury Research and Prevention Centre conducted the study in collaboration with Public Health Solutions Pakistan Private Limited, Lahore and Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Montreal, Canada.

The study, published in Dawn found out that the majority of women pillion riders were to suffer an injury/accident through loose clothes with trailing ends like dupatta getting stuck in the wheel.

Another startling discovery was that there were one million motorcycles in 2010 and it is estimated that the number will rise to 3.6 million by 2030 and women suffer injuries mostly through clothing related accidents.

Therefore, I would urge all the ladies to be careful (with their dupattas)when going on a bike. A simple mistake of yours can have a devastating, even fatal consequences for yourself and everyone on the bike.

Mujtaba Abbas

In a parallel world, Mujtaba a.k.a MJ is an avid Environmentalist and a Public Servant. In this realm he is a die hard automotive enthusiast who seeks to create awareness in the minds of the readers and sincerely believes "Tabdeeli aanay hi waali hai :P

  • dsdsds

    ban motorcycles, will be safer for everyone

  • Rajeev

    gareeb kiya tumhare lunnd pe beth ke travel karay ga??

  • Lazy Sapper

    Just like your name, your head is also echoing due to the absence of brain inside it. How come banning is the *ucking solution?

  • Khansama

    A banal suggestion would be to ask women not to wear the dupatta while riding on motorbikes. But then – the irony – who gives a damn; what bigot maulanas say is way more important.