INDIA UPDATE

Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Indian Penal Code (1860), Section 377, ‘Unnatural Sex’


According to Section 377 of the IPC, oral sex is illegal, and you could receive a life sentence for indulging in an ‘unnatural sexual practice’.  This explains why people go … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Section 66A, Information Technology Act


The Information Technology Act was put together after the Government of India discovered the internets in the year 2000. They had suspected its existence for some time, but it was … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 10 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Section 197, CrPC, ‘Prosecution of a Public Servant’


Twenty-six years after Independence, it was noticed that public servants in India were getting very demoralised. “How can we work like this,” they said, “With the constant threat of prosecution … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : CrPC, Section 144, ‘Prohibition of Assembly’


According to this law, any magistrate anywhere in the country can stop more than five people from assembling in one place. The police are empowered to do anything to ensure … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · 15 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Indian Penal Code (1860), Section 506, Criminal Intimidation


According to this law, anyone who commits the crime of criminal intimidation gets between two to seven years in jail. This means that it is illegal to threaten people. In … Continue reading

October 18, 2012 · 22 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Indian Penal Code (1860), Section 497, Adultery


Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code is one of two sections designed to protect men from other men. Section 380 protects his goods and chattels, while Section 497 protects … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · 14 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : INDIAN AIRCRAFT ACT, 1934


Under this act, your government controls the manufacture, possession, operation, use, and sale of aircraft. The term ‘aircraft’ includes gliders, kites, and balloons, whether fixed or free. This explains why … Continue reading

September 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : SEDITION (1898)


The Sedition Law was a gift from the British government of India to the Indian government of India. Early one morning, just before Independence, the two of them were sitting … Continue reading

August 5, 2012 · 6 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Indian Penal Code (1860), Section 354, ‘Outraging a woman’s modesty’


This law gives wide latitude to sex criminals, and a maximum sentence of two years. The word ‘modesty’ is key. Unlike an arm or a leg, modesty is difficult to define. … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 6 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Rules for Licensing and Controlling Places of Amusement (other than Cinemas), 1960


Under this law, it is illegal for more than ten couples to dance together on the same dance floor. Gay couples don’t count, as they’re already facing life imprisonment or … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · 3 Comments

KNOW YOUR LAWS : Prevention of Seditious Meeting Act, 1911


According to this law, which is still in force, it is illegal to where a khadi Gandhi cap while in prison. If you find yourself in prison, and feel the … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

KNOW YOUR LAWS : The Police Act, 1861


As per the Police Act of 1861, a policeman in India is still required to take off his hat or helmet in the presence of royalty. As a concerned citizen, … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

KNOW YOUR LAWS : The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885


It’s completely untrue that this act, which governs all phones, internets, and telegraphs in India, has not been changed since 1885. An amendment was made to Section 3 in 2004. … Continue reading

June 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

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