Laws are made to protect and serve the residents of a country. These laws, like everything else, should be updated on a regular basis to keep up with current trends.
You are expected to follow the law at all times, but what if the law is itself erroneous? Though laws are enacted to prevent people from doing strange things, they can also be strange in and of themselves. We’ve compiled a list of some of our Most Interesting Laws in India, as well as the weirdest and craziest laws that will astound you.
Order of the Ministry of Finance
The Ministry of Finance has ordered that at least one of the applicants for a job in a bank be a graduate. But how ludicrous is it that a minister of finance can become uneducated, but a minimal clerk should be a degree holder?
The Indian Motor Vehicles Act of 1914
States that you can be fired if your teeth are not pristine or your toes are crooked. You might not believe it, but in Indian law, it was a requirement for a traffic police inspector.
You can’t drink at the age of 18 but you can cast a Vote!
In India, the legal age of drinking varies a lot from state to state. To consume alcohol in Delhi, you must be 25 years old, and you can start drinking at the age of 21 in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal. Doesn’t seem to make any sense, does that really? Even stranger, you can drink wine or beer at the age of 21 in Maharashtra, but you must be 25 to drink any other liquor.
As you’re all aware, at the age of 18, you are competent to vote for politicians; likewise, the lawful age of marriage for females is 18, and for males is 21, but you should be 25 to consume liquor. According to lawmakers, alcohol necessitates more maturity than getting married. Seriously?
The Indian Treasury Fund Act 1878
States that if you find a note worth Rs 10 or more while walking down the road and are unable to identify the owner, you must report the police officer in that area. The right information about the price and location of the receipt must be provided.
To fly a kite you must obtain a ‘Permit’
Flying a kite without police permission is against the Aircraft Act of 1934. Woooooow! Seriously? Was that really possible that the entire time I was flying a kite, I was committing a crime? Yes. This Law describes an aircraft as any machine that can rely on the reaction of the air for support. Planes, aircraft, kites, hot air balloons, and spacecraft all fall into this category. As a consequence, flying a kite without a permit is illegal, and violating the law could result in a fine of Rs 10 lakh and a sentence of up to two years imprisonment.
Being a pimp is not Lawful but prostitution is!
Prostitutes may practice their trade personally, but they are not permitted to obtain customers in public. Organized prostitution, such as strip clubs, prostitution rings, forced prostitution, and so on, is prohibited in India. Are you perplexed? This is completely absurd. In general, prostitution laws in India are quite ambiguous.
Alcohol can deliver to your home
As contradictory as it may sound, in Delhi, you can have wine and beer delivered to your home from supermarket chains, but other alcoholic beverages cannot be delivered.
Please, No Obscenity!
According to Section 294 of the I.P.C., anyone who acts or says anything outrageous & obscene in public is punished, but the term ‘obscene’ is not classified anywhere. So, how would we know what is obscene?