Road accidents are the leading cause of deaths in India. Accident rate in Bangalore is rising rapidly thanks to the increase in the number of vehicles in the city. Add to this bad roads, indisciplined and drunken driving. No wonder accidents are described as the neglected epidemics.
Head injuries in Motorcycle accidents are the number one cause of death or serious injuries. Riders who do not wear helmets (Approved by ISI) are more likely to suffer from fatal head injuries as compared to those who wear helmets.
In India, the argument against the helmet is sweating, loss of hair or diminished hearing. While these may be partly true, the advantage in terms of surviving serious head injuries are arguably far greater.
Another grouse against this rule could be the clumsiness one feels in carrying helmets wherever one goes. This inconvenience can be easily overcome by providing space (carriers or boxes) in the vehicle itself with lock and key facility.
Sadly, wearing a helmet has become a political decision and not a lifesaving issue.