Oct 19,2016 | 4 min read

10 Indian laws that will make you go WTF!

The Indian Constitution, being the longest written constitution in the world is plagued by many loopholes. There are strange laws in India While some of these good laws in Indian laws allow you to stroll through a 5-star hotel, have a glass of water, and use their washroom facilities free of cost, there are many downsides to the same. The Indian constitution is full of faulty, obsolete laws that are absolutely ridiculous and need to be amended this instant. Read below these absolutely strange laws in India across.

Attempted suicide illegal, not if successful

In a blatant undermining of the basic ideals of democracy, Section 309 of the Penal Code makes sure you are punished if you don’t do suicide right. The law states that a successful suicide is legal, but failure to succeed might land you in jail. This is based on the notion that if the person dies, the matter dies with him/her. But, should they survive, they stand answerable and punishable for their action.

India’s ‘many’ laws around drinking

The legal drinking age laws are one of the stupidest and most ridiculed laws in India as the age varies from state to state. While the legal age for drinking is 18 in places like Goa, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Sikkim and Puducherry, it is 25 in Maharashtra. Moreover, some states are absolute dry states with a ban on drinking for all ages. Another wacky Indian law around drinking is that in Delhi home delivery of alcoholic beverages is against the law, but you can have beer and wine from departmental stores to be delivered to your home. Confused yet?

You need good teeth to become a motor vehicle inspector

You read it right. In a toothy tale, according to this law, among the various physical tests one needs to pass in the process of becoming a motor vehicle inspector in Andhra Pradesh, one is also needed to have good teeth.

All aspirants of this job better start the oral hygiene regimen.

No woman is an adulterer

According to Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, only men can ever be adulterous. This gender discriminatory law states that while men can be sentenced to jail for adultery if reported, the women of the country can go around making as many liaisons with other men as they please.

While this law is clearly discriminatory, we see no protests for mens’ rights here. Wonder where the activists are now. Well surely this does not come under the good laws in India.

Section 377

The most notoriously infamous section of the Indian constitution is the one concerning the LGBT community. Section 377 of the constitution all acts of establishment of sexual relations in LGBT to be against the law of nature rendering it illegal.

 Best law of India would never have it and this law is an absolute backward step on the road to progress. The ridiculousness of the law lies in the fact that homosexuality, that is found in over 1500 species on the planet is deemed unnatural. Moreover, isn’t democracy the freedom to love whomever we want?

The unlucky lottery

The Indian Treasure Trove Act makes for one unfortunate lottery. According to this 1878 law, chancing upon unclaimed money, amounting to more than Rs. 11, on the road and failing to report the same to the local authority might result in prosecution. In a morally compromised world, it makes one wonder if this law is of any importance. Good law in India is required.

The flying permit

In another ridiculous law, the Indian Aircraft Act of 1934 considers a kite to also be an aircraft thus making it necessary to get a permit to fly one. As is apparent, this law has never been followed and should be dealt away with immediately.

Adding to the list of the ridiculous, another clause requires one to have long legs to be eligible to be a pilot. Of course, intelligence and capability are secondary requirements, but all aspirants for the post better have long legs. 

Ignoring the beat of a drum might get you fined

This 1949 law made for organizing mass action against locusts demands all residents of Delhi to answer to the beat of drum on the street to drive out the pest. Failure to do so might get one fined or jailed for at least 10 days.
How’s that for crazy?

Kapil Sibal’s Censorship Act
In another attempt at assertion of the ideals of the so-called Indian culture, the government, moved by Mr. Kapil Sibal, undertakes the censorship of the content being uploaded on the internet.
The government, in 2013, took the initiative to ban all offensive and provocative images from social media sites. It warned social media platforms to comply, failing which the government pledged to take action itself.

This impractical move of dictating what should be considered ‘offensive’ and ‘obscene’ was much condemned as it was clearly against the ideals of democracy. Moreover, how such restrictions aid in curbing rape culture remains a mystery.

Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

The Indian Telegraph Act was introduced by the British government in India to curb rebellion. But with the advent of the internet and social media, the use of telegraph and thus, this act has been rendered moot.
What such an archaic provision is still doing in the constitution is beyond us.

We hope you enjoyed reading about these crazy Indian laws as much as we did listing them. If you have any more of such laws to add to the list do comment below.

All these strange laws in India leaves one with utter shock. We need best laws in India to become best.


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