Right after the Indian Independence, the first task the Government had, was to formulate a constitution. This Constitution of India is by far the longest written constitution in the world and contains around 448 articles, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 98 amendments. Although this sounds quite a great deal, the constitution does contain numerous loop holes. Let’s have a look at some of the most stupid Indian Laws that are a blot on country’s progressive image —
7. Legal Drinking Age
This is perhaps the most talked about and stupid law of India—the legal drinking age
of people which strangely varies from state to state.
In some states, the legal age is 25 years whereas in some it is 18—and in some, drinking alcohol is absolutely banned. And, this is a law of a country where people become “adults” at 18 years, can marry and can even choose the next Prime Minister at such a tender age!
6. Suicidal attempts are illegal
Under Section 309
of the Indian Penal Code, attempting suicide is a punishable crime. This is indeed a strange one because, as far as I know, this is MY body, and I have rights over myself!
This is more like flouting the rules of “democracy”. This law is quite similar to one in Athens with the only exception being, you’ll be denied a proper burial if you commit suicide. In India, in thought in same line, suicides are legal, but suicidal attempts are criminal!
5. Section 377
This is indeed the most talked about “fiasco” of this year. The denial of any kind of sexual intercourse which is “against the law of Nature” came as a shock to many.
We sometimes cannot help but wonder who they are to decide what’s against the Nature and what’s not! Do they even know the scientific fact that homosexuality is found in around 1500 different species on the planet? Are they to decide whom we should love and whom we shouldn’t? Grow up, people!
4. Law for LGBT and Adulterers
Under section 497
of the Indian Penal Code, adultery is a criminal offence. But the establishment of a direct relationship between the LGBT community and adultery is no less an offence either. This is by far the most stupid law which propounds nothing but gender discrimination.
Please someone let these “geniuses” understand that “straight” people can also be adulterers! Another part of the same section suggests that an unfaithful husband can be sentenced to jail whereas a dishonest wife can go on making liaisons with other “men”.
We wonder since when India has become so pro-women!
3. The famous Internet Censorship Act
This act, proposed by the great Kapil Sibal, is nothing but a great entertainer. According to Sibal, offensive and provocative images wouldn’t be allowed to be uploaded on the social networking sites and other sites; and, if the site-managers failed to do so, the Government itself would!
This was not only frowned upon as a detour of the freedom of speech or expression but also was turned down as being hypothetical. After all, who has the stamina to go on deleting each and every “provocative” and “offensive” imagine on the Internet. Also, who can define what “offensive” is?
This is how Anonymous India responded to Kapil Sibal by hacking
2. Laws for Recruitment as a Pilot
Do you want to become a Pilot? Good, but are your legs long enough? Well, this might sound a bit cranky but yes, the length of one’s legs determines whether he/she can be recruited as an Indian Air Force pilot.
So, if even if you’re intelligent and good enough to be a great pilot, you’d be turned down if your legs are found even half-an-inch shorter than the prescribed requirement.
1. The Indian Telegraph Act of 1885
The date of its amendment tells us how much of an archaic law it is.
Once used by the British to extract information of the rebellions and receive information about the rebels, this act is left as a mere useless showpiece in the Indian constitution, especially at this contemporary age of cyber media and new media. We all do respect things of the past, but we definitely don’t suffer from high nostalgia—especially in these cases—and neither do we want to!