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Strange Indian laws

Strange Indian laws

The Constitution of India provided many rights and responsibilities to citizens. Many laws and rules are embedded to safeguard them. Though there are some very good laws, some seem to be strange. Maybe these laws were apt at the time of making, but now, they sound odd.

Here are some strange Indian laws:

If anyone commits suicide and fails in their attempt, they will be punished. As per the law, suicide is a punishable offence. An individual, who fails in his/her attempts, while committing suicide can be landed in jail. But, if they succeed in their attempt, i.e. they die, it is not possible to punish them. Some people interpret that if anybody wants to commit suicide, they must die, or else they will be punished. On the other hand, one can interpret that the law will discourage many people from committing suicide, as they will be punished for that. So, they will think several times before committing suicide.

In the same way, prostitution is legal. But, the activities related to it are illegal. In other words, though prostitution is legal in the country, activities like pimping, managing brothels, prostitution rings etc., are illegal. It is strange to know that prostitution is legal in India, but it has some limitations. It can be done privately.  There are many laws for prostitution.


Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) says that men having sexual affair with a married woman without the consent of her husband will be punished for adultery. They can be imprisoned, but the woman with whom he commits such crime is not liable for punishment. Yet, her husband can file a divorce case against his wife. However, this law was scrapped by the Supreme Court in 2018, saying that it was unconstitutional as it violated the right to equality. The Apex Court, however, held that anyone can file for divorce on the basis of adultery.

The Treasure Trove Act, 1878, states that if anyone finds a treasure, which has more than ₹10 has to inform the authorities. Or else, they will be prosecuted.

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