The department had registered 4,600 two-wheelers under ‘DL..SEX…’, an auto-generated number series, between October 15 and November 28.
Taking cognisance of the matter, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Friday issued a notice to the department, asking it to immediately change her vehicle registration number containing the letters ‘SEX’.
The DCW also sought details of all vehicles given ‘DL..SEX..’ series numbers.
“The DCW was approached in the matter by a girl who bought a scooty recently and got a vehicle registration number which contained the term ‘SEX’. The girl informed the Commission that she was facing severe harassment due to the registration number, as people taunted and even teased her due to it. She further said that because of all this she is facing a lot of problems in commuting and is not being able to go out for essential work,” a DCW statement said.
DCW chief Swati Maliwal said she asked the transport department to submit details regarding the total number of vehicles registered under ‘SEX’ series. “It is very unfortunate that people can be so petty and abusive that the woman is having to face so much harassment. I have given four days to the transport department to resolve this issue so that the woman doesn’t suffer anymore,” Maliwal stated.
A transport department official said the ‘DL..SEX..’ is an auto-generated recent series for vehicle registration. “We have stopped registration on this series because of the sensitivity. Registration series are autogenerated by the system. If we receive requests, we can change the registration numbers on a case-to-case basis,” said the official.
“We have not received any objection to the number from any of the registered vehicle owner. Due to its sensitivity the registration of vehicles under ‘SEX’ has been stopped. We are ready to change the registration number if we receive a complaint. In the new number, ‘SEX’ will be replaced by ‘SEY’, while other letters and digits will remain same,” said the official.