5 idiotic laws from India
India is a country where government controls everything. In the process government has made laws that sound absurd. Find out only some of those laws in this article.
You need a 'permit' to fly a kite.
The Aircraft Act 1934 states that flying a kite without police permission is a breach of the law. Wow! Really? Was I committing an offense all this while when I was flying a kite? Yes. According to this Act, aircraft means any machine which can derive support in the atmosphere from the reaction of the air. This includes balloons, airships, kites, gliders, and flying machines. So, yes, if you are flying a kite without police permission, well you are committing an offense, and you can be fined Rs 10 lakh and sentenced to upto two years in prison if you violate this law.
Only Indian Postal Service can deliver letters.
Wait, What? The Indian Post Office Act, 1898 states that only the Indian Postal Service can deliver letters to your postal address. Wondering how the courier industry in India is thriving? Courier companies can circumvent this, however, by calling them 'documents', which they are allowed to deliver.
Prostitution is legal, but you can't be a pimp.
Prostitutes can practice their trade privately but cannot legally solicit customers in public. Organized prostitution like brothels, prostitution rings, pimping, etc., is illegal in India. Are you confused? This is totally absurd. In general, laws around prostitution in India are quite vague.
Adultery is illegal, but only the man gets the punishment.
Does that sound whacky? Well, as per the current laws only a man is punished for adultery. Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code says that if a man has sexual intercourse with a woman who is married, and he does not have the consent of the husband of the woman for the sexual activity, then he is punishable under this section. The woman herself is not liable to be punished. This is a gender-biased law and states that while men can be sentenced to jail but there is no punishment for women and they can go on making as many liaisons with other men as they please.