Seven strange Indian laws

Last Updated at: Mar 06, 2020
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On March, 2020

The Union Home Ministry has recently increased funds to the States to implement entrusted functions under The Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939 and other related acts. Rs 40 Crores has been allocated for setting up foreigners’ tribunals, holding centres and the identification and tracking of illegal migrants, for 2020-21.

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Seven strange Indian laws

Laws are created to safeguard and serve the public of a country. Like every other thing, these laws need to be updated from time to time to accommodate the present trends. In India, many outdated laws have been altered, but still, some strange laws need to find attention from the lawmakers! In this article, we will discuss seven strange Indian laws that should be modified as soon as possible.

Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

One of the most outdated Indian laws is the Indian Telegraph Act holds no importance whatsoever in the present generation. This law was introduced in 1885 to permit the British to control India by tapping telegraphy across the nation and beyond to prevent revolts.

At present we are neither being ruled by the British nor do people use telegraphy to invoke uncontrollable protests now. The law lost all its importance with the arrival of televisions and internet long back.

The Factories Act, 1948

The present act allows women to do hazardous jobs and work in factories. But when it comes to women working at night times the law is completely opposite. Women are not permitted to work at night in the factories, even though there are so many professions that demand women working during night time. So, the law should be changed accordingly where the women can work in the factories during night time.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958

By granting ‘special powers’, this law permits commissioned officers to kill suspects in the name of preserving public order. This Act was first passed to the security forces in Manipur and Assam to defend themselves from violence. Afterwards, it was extended to the entire North East and also to Jammu and Kashmir. And no one understands how India is justifying itself as democratic when the conflict resolution equals assassination?

The Aircraft Act, 1934

According to this law, aircraft is defined as “any machine which can take support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air”. So it comprises “balloons, whether fixed or free, kites, airships, flying machines and gliders”. The act also says that only the government can make rules related to the possession, use, operation, import or export of any aircraft, sale or class of aircraft.

With this interpretation, it would be illegal to fly balloons and kites without government clearance in India.

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Prostitution is legal, but being a pimp is illegal

Prostitutes are allowed to practice their trade privately but cannot legally implore the customers in public. Organized prostitution like prostitution rings, brothels, pimping, etc. is illegal in India.

The Registration of Foreigners’ Act, 1939

According to this law, every foreigner whose stay in India is more than 180 days need to report their entry, movement from one locality to another and departure to the higher officials. The law also requires landlords and managers of boarding houses and hotels, ships or aircraft to report the presence of any foreigners.

It was introduced by the British to control the entry and movement of foreigners in India. It was particularly meant for the Indian revolutionaries from other countries. At present this law has become a tool to harass foreigners and is an obstruction to the efforts of India to boost tourism.

Legal Drinking Age

One of the most required Indian laws is the law which determines the legal drinking age. It is different from each state and in some states, it goes up to 25 years of age. It is very strange that a citizen has the right to elect the Government by voting at 18 years of age but is not considered as mature enough to decide if they can consume alcohol or not.