3. The Annoyance Law.
Literally a law that is based on an individual’s level of annoyance. Sound crazy? Yup because it is. According to section 294 of the Indian Penal Code whoever to the annoyance of others does any obscene act in any public place or sings, recites or utters any obscene song ballad or words, in or near any public place shall be punished with imprisonment or a fine or both. Let’s just unpack that a little bit then shall we? In layman’s terms if someone finds what you’re doing annoying be it tap dancing, sitting on a yoga ball, I don’t know kissing your partner in public then you can be thrown in jail. The crazier part is that the penal code doesn’t clearly define actually what the obscenity is meaning is, in all legality you could be thrown in jail for smiling at somebody the wrong way.
2. Marital Rape in India.
In India, rape is the fourth most common crime against women. Which has had the majority of decent Indian people asking why isn’t counted as the same criminal offense in India? Because sadly for the sake of many young women and newlywed wives in the country the law has failed them at the expense of their own social stigmas. While most of the developed world has criminalised marital rape there is sadly no such law in India. Home Affairs minister at the time Haribhai Chaudhary publicly stated that marital rape can’t be made a criminal offense in India because of a high illiteracy rate, poverty, extreme religious beliefs and the very sanctity of marriage. The social stigma attached has also led to many of these horrific crimes being unreported despite the fact that they wouldn’t even be recognized as a crime in India.
1. Blasphemy law