Have you ever come across a law and thought “Why in the world does this law still exist?” These laws may seem strange to you because they are out-dated or are just plain ridiculous. In fact, India has about 3000 central statutes that are obsolete. Therefore, many of these laws are usually repealed right? Well, many of you know that recently, Mr. Modi’s government decided to repeal over 120 laws and this was (and still is!) particularly significant. Removing these laws has resulted in less complication and yes may even lead to less corruption! Politicians and anyone actually, can find loopholes in these ridiculous laws and use them for their own benefit. In fact, some of these laws require ordinary citizens to go through such a lengthy system that many prefer to just pay bribes rather than go through such an extensive process. As anyone can guess, this leads to a system that requires one to grease his or her way through in order to save time and money hence, leading to a corrupt system that is very difficult to break. These out-dated laws are just one of the many reasons why corruption runs deep in India but luckily, some effort is being executed to remove these laws and this article will be discussing some of these laws that are obsolete (and maybe we can laugh about them).
The first law is, the Indian Aircraft Act, 1934 which states that one needs a government permit in order to operate or own an aircraft. Well, that seems rational, right? But here’s the catch – the definition of an aircraft includes ” aircraft means any machine which can derive support in the atmosphere from reaction of the air 1[other than reactions of the air against the earth’s surface] and includes balloons, whether fixed or free, airships, kites, gliders and flying machines.” Yes, you read right. So this means that as an Indian citizen, you need a government permit to fly a kite. Next time you are flying a kite during Uttarayan just think about this law because hey, you are committing a crime!
Next, The Sarais Act (1867) states that, a passer-by is allowed to ask for water (free of charge) from a hotel or motel. They are also allowed to use the hotel’s washroom facilities. This act was implemented during the British rule and is regarded as archaic as well as out dated. There are more pressing issues that need to be passed into laws and this act holds hardly any importance in comparison.
Moving on, the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878, which states that if someone, finds more than 10 rupees or its equivalent then they would have to do the following. That person would have to give the Collector information as to the amount of money found, the place it was found at and the date as to when the money was found. This act makes total sense because after all, human beings are truly honest, right? So, the next time you find some money worth more than 10 rupees and think it’s your lucky day well, you better think twice!
Although the laws that have been discussed in this blog post seems hardly relevant or does not really address serious issues, it is important to keep in mind that by having archaic laws like this still in existence, makes absolutely no sense. As mentioned above, more pressing issues need to be addressed and passed as laws but instead; we still have such ridiculous laws that are completely obsolete and frankly, have no place in our society because they carry no value. If we really want to change the legal system to make it more just then, a step forward would definitely be repealing as many laws as possible.
About the Author: Nyoomi is from Malaysia and is pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Social Science). She has a passion for politics and international relations (no, she doesn’t want to be a politician!) She loves keeping up with the news and hopes to become a political analyst one day!