Did you know that the Indian constitution is one of the longest written constitutions in the world? It has 448 articles, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 98 amendments.
Although this sounds quite a great deal, the constitution does contain numerous loopholes in the form of useless laws. And the law textbooks can be made a little less bulky if the government do away such absurdity. Most citizens aren’t even aware of the existence of these mockable laws. Below is a list of a few of these silly Indian laws which every citizen should know, just in case, you find yourself chuckling your way behind the bars at some point.
1. ‘Adult’ enough to elect but not drink!
When it comes to legal drinking age, it varies from state to state. The minimum age for consuming alcohol is eighteen in Goa, Himachal Pradesh, UP, Sikkim and Puducherry and twenty-five in places like Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Punjab,. The law reflects the irony that most states think you’re old enough to vote for a government, but not mature enough to handle a drink. But worry not, just drive down to a neighbouring state and you can easily chug down few shots.
2. Adultery-limited to Men!
According to Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, only men can ever be unfaithful. This gender discriminatory law states that while men can be sent to jail for adultery if reported, the women of the country can go around making as many liaisons with other men as they please. This unconventional law was passed during the colonial period when men used to have more than one wife and women had little rights.
3. Free Hotel Tour!
Who doesn’t like to relish the world-class ambiance a five-star hotel has to offer and thanks to the 127-year-old Indian Serais Act, 1887, according to which anyone can walk into any hotel to drink water and use washrooms for free? It doesn’t even matter how outrageously posh that hotel is, you can sneak in a view anytime you wanted. Sometimes few laws can be favourable too!
4. You’ve got mail!
Apparently, the Indian Post Mail is the be all and end all of the delivery. Says the Indian Post Office Act, 1898, as per which only the Indian Postal Service can deliver mail to your home and it is illegal to send letters through any other service apart from the government mail service. Although, private courier companies can send letters by calling them “documents.” Just imagine for a day all our online deliveries, express mails and official documents just relying on the snail mail. Express Delivery, What’s that?
Prevention of Seditious Meetings Act, 1911 states that it is illegal if more than 10 couples to dance together on a dance floor. According to a law formulated in 1911, no public meeting or discussion of any subject likely to cause disturbance or public excitement or for the exhibition or distribution of any writing or printed matter relating to any such subject is punishable. If you want to organise such an event, write a notice to District Magistrate or Police Commissioner at least three days before the event.
6. Marital Rape is Legal
One of the most absurd laws in India, rape laws do not pertain to married couples. So, once you walk down the aisle to say “I do” and you’re legally wed, non-consensual sex is not a crime. Moreover, if a husband/wife refuses sex post marriage, it can be considered as ‘mental cruelty’ and is a legitimate reason for divorce.
7. Homosexual liaisons are unnatural
One of the most infamous and controversial section of the Indian constitution is the one concerning the LGBT community. Section 377 of the constitution states any act of establishment of sexual relations in LGBT to be against the law of nature declaring it illegal. The law is an outright backward tread on the road to progress. The ridiculousness of the law lies in the fact that homosexuality, which is found in over 1500 species on the planet is assumed unnatural. Moreover, isn’t democracy all about the freedom to love whomever we want?
After comprehending the existence of such lame and bizarre laws, anyone could be heard saying WTH!
It’s high time, the government takes some action regarding such laws, till then, you can spread the word among your near and dear ones to save them from a lot of trouble.