- If you don’t file a report to the police regarding any treasure [it can be as little as INR 10], you can be sent to jail.
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.
- Couples can be arrested if more than 10 couples dance together on a single platform.
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.
- You can’t fly a kite without a permit.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adultery is illegal, but only the man will be penalized for the crime.
According to a Section 497, adultery is a deliberate consensual association that punishes a man alone for adultery i.e. for having a consensual physical with a married woman. No judgment or punishment may befall the woman.