India is the second most populous nation in the world, and it is also home to some very unique pieces of legislation. For one, it doesn't matter who you are, anyone in India is permitted to enter a 5-star hotel, use the bathroom and receive a free glass of water. This is due to the 1887 Indian Serais Act, which is a fairly sensible law. However, there are some other laws in India that people are saying are unfair or nonsense.
According to the Indian Penal Code of 1860 (Section 497), women cannot commit adultery. If a man is caught in bed with another man's wife, he could be arrested for adultery. Meanwhile, the woman cannot, because -- according to the law -- women are incapable of committing such an act.
The Indian Treasure Trove Act of 1878 is basically a law to prevent the "finders keepers, losers weepers" scenario. The law states that people who find money -- even in tiny amounts -- must report the find to a revenue officer or face prosecution.
Innkeepers Have to Notify the Police if You Get Sick
In addition to requiring hotels to offer non-guests free water and bathrooms, the Indian Serais Act of 1887 says that if the innkeeper finds you sick in the hotel, he or she must call the police.
Oddly enough, under the Indian Aircraft Act of 1934, a kite is classified as an aircraft. As such, not only do you need a special permit to fly a Boeing 737, but you also need a special permit to fly your kite. This begs the question: What does the kite-flying certification process entail?
Killing Locusts and Cleaning Is a Required Activity in This Neighborhood
Finally, the East Punjab Agricultural Pests, Diseases and Noxious Weeds Act of 1949 says that you could get fined if you fail to help out in neighborhood efforts to kill locusts. In 1949, neighborhood residents were responsible for ridding their streets of locusts, and if a special drum started to beat, everyone needed to go outside to help out or face legal consequences.
These laws are definitely interesting, and they also paint a unique picture of Indian culture. Do you know of any unique or strange laws on the books in your neck of the woods? Share them with us in the comments below!
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