Though all over the world there are many laws made which seem funny and stupid even among the developed countries but the problem of Indian laws not primarily lies on it being stupid but also antiquated. There are some weird law mentioned beneath which definitely requires amendments or changes in them.
Indian Telegraph Act, 1885
The need of the telegraph act is not present now as the only people who will use it will not utilize the telegraph to take India over. When this act was initially passed in the year 1885 the need then was still justified as there was no concept of televisions back then but now after being invoke by almost 5 times by Doordarshan over the right of telecasting matches played in India, it should definitely be removed now. Due to this act the telecast of 1996 World cup was almost at stake it was only because of Telecom Regulatory Act of 1994 which checks few provisions of The Telegraph Act that the mishaps of this act are saved. This act is yet to be revoked totally.
Internet Censorship, an idea proposed by Kapil Sibal
Kapil Sibal the Union telecom & IT minister declared the idea that offensive images will not be allowed to upload on social networking sites. He also warned the sites about government removing those images themselves if Facebook and sites like Google failed to do so. This law when aired attracted a great deal of critics stating the violation of rights of speech and expression. Web censorship’s success is only hypothetical as it is impossible to remove all the images or detect which images are offensive and which are not. This law is rather useless and implementing it is logically impractical.
Law for LGBT and Adulterers
Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code is one of the most amusing laws till date. Section 497 of IPC states Adultery as an offence. The law incorporates some very comical gender discriminatory provisions. It punishes only a male who is doing adultery whereas a woman is freely allowed to cheat her husband. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender one of the most controversial and debated personifications have been the subject matter of section 377 which illegalizes any intercourse which is deemed to be against law of nature. Though in a recent Delhi High court judgement it has decriminalised sexual intercourse between bisexuals but an official amendment of the law is yet to be made.
The Legal Age for Drinking
The law for deciding the legal drinking age is the power of state government and hence varies for each state. E.g. in Gujarat consuming alcohol is totally banned whereas in Maharashtra the age limit after which a person can buy alcohol is 25 years. The funny part is the right to vote comes as a person turns 18 but age bars for alcohol consummation keeps on increasing. It’s silly because if a person is considered old enough to decide who the next prime minister is he is sure to have knowledge about whether he should consume alcohol or not. Today as compared to other countries the legal age for drinking is the one of highest in India.
Attempt to suicide
Section 309 of IPC makes suicides legal but not the attempts. If a person commits suicides he dies. There lies no further question of his actions as being legal or not but if a personal fails while attempting to commit suicide he is arrested. This runs parallel to the norms and custom usages of old Athens who denied the right of honoured burial to anyone who died after commenting suicide. On the contrary line there are the rituals of Japanese folks which states expects you to kill yourself if you are unable to perform your duties. ‘Harakiri’ which is referred to as one of the forms of ritual suicide also revolves around the customs of Japanese.
Stupid laws for being a pilot
As per one of the most efficient lawyer Mr Kadambi Lakshminarasimha, in the Indian air force one of the main requirements for the selection of a pilot is the length of his legs. The minimum requirement is set to 90 cm which means even if a person is very tall but his leg’s height is not 90 cm, he will not be qualified. In Indian army any use of knives during a battle is forbidden but for Naga regiment of Indian army an exclusive exemption is given to the Nagas to use their conventional knives
Enrolling vehicle law
The process of enrolling a motor vehicle inspector in Andhra Pradesh includes satisfying of various physical tests, one of them being is the essential of having a good teeth. If any of the probable nominees has tooth decay, he is not eligible to be recruited for the post. It’s weird to think the necessity of good teeth for an inspector of motor vehicles who will have no work related to the use of his teeth.
Instead of creating elaborate useless laws, India is in dire need of some efficient laws. This requires some quality time from the parliament, and as known the parliament spend very little time in law making. Situations can only change after the result of the Lokpal which ought to change the directions of our politicians and make them work for the betterment of the country.