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12 Absurd Indian Laws That Will Make You Go WTF

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1. You can't fly a kite without a permit.

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According to the Indian Aircraft Act, 1934, you need to have a permit to make, possess or fly a kite just as one has to receive the proper permissions for a plane.

2. You need to have a perfect set of teeth to become a motor inspector in Andhra Pradesh.

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It doesn't matter if you're highly qualified, if you don't have a great smile, you won't get the job.

3. In Maharashtra, you can vote, have sex and get married by the time you're 18. But you can't drink hard liquor until you're 25.

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This law was passed in 2011, and according to it you can drink soft liquor when you reach the age of 21, while you have to be 25 to have hard liquor.

4. It is illegal for more than 10 couples to dance on a dance floor.

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This is according to the Prevention of Seditious Meetings Act, 1911, by which you can't gather in a public place with a large crowd if it's likely to cause a disturbance to people around the area without the required permission.

5. Suicide is legal, but attempted suicide is not.


As per Section 309 in The Indian Penal Code, if you try to commit suicide, you could go to jail for up to 1 year. If you're successful, it's cool, you're not a criminal.

6. Adultery is illegal, but only the man will be penalised for the crime.

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According to a Section 497, adultery is a deliberate consensual association that punishes a man alone for adultery i.e. for having consensual physical with a married woman. No judgement or punishment may befall the woman.

7. If you find Rs. 100 on the road and don't report it, you could go to jail.

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According to the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878, if any kind of treasure above Rs. 10, you must inform a Collector, otherwise you face a fine, or jail time.

8. By law there must be specific pots to spit in while working in factories.

According to the Section 20 in The Factories Act, 1948, there must be a sufficient number of spittoons (receptacle made for spitting into) placed in convenient places in all factories.

9. Prostitution is legal, but being a pimp isn't.

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In most states in India, the act of prostitution isn't a crime, but if you're a pimp, you go to jail. So it's okay to solicit people, as long as you're doing it solo.

10. Indian Air Force pilots must have a minimum of 90cm leg length.

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A main requirement of the Indian Air Force is that a pilot's legs be a minimum of 90cm. This also means that even if a person is tall, say above 6-feet, and his legs are not 90cm, he is not applicable to be a pilot in the IAF.

11. And, of course, we saved the most absurd ones for last: Marital rape is legal in India.

In India, rape laws do not apply to married couples — once you're legally wed, non-consensual sex is not a crime.
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In India, rape laws do not apply to married couples — once you're legally wed, non-consensual sex is not a crime.

12. And homosexual intercourse is illegal.

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Section 377 of the Indian penal code gained worldwide notoriety as the law which dictates that any form of sex that isn't male and female vaginal intercourse is illegal in India.