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In an effort to combat the scourge of bicycle theft in India, the Indian government has created a new law aimed at banning the import of bike parts, including brake pads, seat post covers and seat posts.
Article Continued BelowArticle Continued BELOWArticle Continued AboveThe move was prompted by the death of a young woman in March who was riding a Bikeshare bike and was struck by a vehicle on the way to the hospital.
A video was released of the incident, showing the victim and her father attempting to remove the seat post cover on the bike.
The clip sparked a firestorm of outrage on social media, with some commentators arguing the woman was not wearing a helmet and therefore should not have been hit.
But a number of critics also pointed out the law was a slap in the face to the many women who ride bicycles in India and around the world.
A new law that criminalizes bike theft is a big step in the right direction, said Dr. Satish Chandra, chair of the department of medical and surgical engineering at the University of California San Francisco, who has studied the issue.
But the law should not be used as a shield for people who steal bikes, said Chandra, who is also the director of the Center for the Study of Violence and Crime at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“I would argue it’s a big, big mistake to make such a law,” Chandra said.
The law, called the Motor Vehicle (Prohibition) Act, was passed in June by Parliament and took effect on July 1.
It bans all parts of a bicycle from being sold for less than $1,000 and allows police to seize and sell stolen bicycles at the local level.
The law also makes it illegal to manufacture, import, sell or export a bicycle without a licence.
The act also prohibits all parts and parts parts of bicycles, including components, accessories, paint and parts, parts with markings of identification number or serial number, and parts of helmets.
The act also allows the police to detain any bicycle for a period of up to five days, up to one year and up to two years for an offender to be punished.