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    Posted on 19 Dec 2017

    16 Outrageous Facts About Laws In India That'll Make You Say "Objection, My Lord"

    Delhi waalon, get ready to get your drums out if there is a locust infestation.

    1. Currently, 22.2 million people are under trial in India, which is more than Netherlands' population.

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    2. Only men can be charged with adultery, not women.

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    Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code is based on the "presumption" that women are the property of men.

    3. Original hand-written copies of the Constitution are kept in helium-filled cases in the chamber of the Indian parliament.

    4. People in and around Delhi can be summoned to beat drums to drive away locusts.

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    Under the East Punjab Agricultural Pests, Diseases, and Noxious Weeds Act, 1949, the populace should come together to beat drums and battle locust infestation. Team spirit!

    5. Drug addicts can be exempt from prosecution if they are seeking treatment, but occasional users shall be tried.


    Does section 64A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 think that occasional users are any different from addicts?

    6. Watching porn is legal, distributing it is not.


    7. ASAP, report any money that you stumbled upon if it is more than ₹10 or else you shall be arrested.

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    The Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878 assumes you'd become an Ambani if you bag ₹ 11.

    8. In Maharashtra, people are considered old enough to marry at 18 years but are not considered old enough to drink till they turn 25 years.


    Oh, we can vote on turning 18 too.

    9. No hotel can deny someone water or access to the washroom.


    The Indian Serais Act, 1887 envisages the spirit of "atithi devo bhavo".

    10. There can be no more than ten couples on the dance floor at once.

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    The drafter of this provision in the Prevention of Seditious Meetings Act, 1911 clearly loathes Bollywood dancing.

    11. Supreme Court has been designed to represent the two scales of justice.

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    Is it? Sometime back, it looked like a penis.

    12. Since they realized that they cannot arrest a dead person, they made a law stating that any failed attempt to commit suicide is illegal.


    Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code clearly was not drafted taking into consideration one's mental health.

    13. Flying kites is illegal (without permission), as is flying balloons.

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    Under the Indian Aircraft Act, 1934, only qualified licensed pilots are allowed to handle flying objects, whose definition apparently includes kites and balloons.

    14. In Delhi, home delivery of alcoholic beverages is not allowed as they believe that the driver may become intoxicated while delivering alcohol.

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    But you can still order a beer and wine from supermarkets, 'cause light alcohol.

    15. Sparkly, white teeth is allegedly a qualification to become a motor vehicle inspector in Andhra Pradesh.


    Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1914 for Andhra prescribed that to qualify as an inspector, one needed to possess a clean set of teeth. No one knows the reason behind this.

    16. And, prostitution is legal, but being a pimp isn't.

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    I guess it's ok to solicit people as long as you go at it alone.

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