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    The notion of people for ages has been that what is banned by the Government must be bad for the community. But is it really so?

    Was the ban imposed on the documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ justified or the one imposed by the Maharashtra Government on beef or the one on the screening of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Well, maybe you can justify them or maybe you cannot.

    Perception matters.

    The bigger question here is that whether these bans are always for the good of the community?

    What about the ban on the use of INR 500 and INR 1000 notes?

    Though I feel that this one was very important for the greater good of the nation, this hardly convinces me of the justifiability of bans!

    So here, for you, is a list of some interesting bans that either nobody knows about or no one cares about. Some of them so unusual and bizarre that they will blow your mind!

    1. Prostitution is not banned, Pimping isTechnically, the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, 1956 does not criminalise prostitution! But this is only limited to the exchange of money for sex and does not include brothel keeping, pimping or soliciting sex in any other way. The purpose of the act is to discourage prostitution in the country. But, practically, it serves as a disadvantage to the prostitutes since they cannot publicise their profession and hence have no other choice but to depend on the services of pimps and madams for a livelihood!Makes the situation even worse, doesn’t it?
    2. Roadside DentistsWell, Chapter V, Section 49 of the Dentist Act of 1948 makes street dentistry illegal in India. But, given the poverty and population of our nation, such practices seem very hard to abolish. Where a clinical teeth removal will cost you INR 10,000, these roadside shops with no equipment, no sterilisation, and no appointments will remove your tooth for as low as INR150.

      And nobody seems bothered by this, are you?

    3. BeggaryUnder the Bombay Beggary Prevention Act, begging is a punishable crime in India. But, do you think it is the beggars who should be punished for begging?Most of us see beggary as a compulsion. And if at all we blame someone for it, we tend to blame the people running the begging rackets or the corrupt politicians but never the beggars themselves!

      But as it turns out, recent surveys show that for some, begging has turned out to be a lucrative profession!

      It’s rather a time to implement some old unknown laws maybe.

    4. It was illegal to die a while agoRajya Sabha on August 8, 2016 decriminalized the Offence of Attempt to Suicide by passing the Mental Healthcare Bill. Before this, an attempt to suicide was a punishable offence under Section 309 of IPC.

      So back in time, suicide came with its own risks. If not successful, you did not just end up with broken bones but also with an imprisonment term of upto 1 year!

    5. It’s illegal to fly a kite without a permitNext time you go to the roof with your cousins to fly a kite, beware! Because according to the Indian Aircrafts Act of 1934, flying a kite without a government permit is punishable.

      And yes, you need the same permit for flying a kite that you need for flying a plane!

    6. Child LabourWith the number of children that you witness every day in the local shops, eateries, even factories, and mines, it is hard to believe that child labour in India is illegal.Though the original Child Labour Laws banned the employment of children only in the hazardous industries; the government has recently passed the controversial child labour bill that imposes a stricter ban by banning child labour in all sectors and allowing children to only work in family enterprises and entertainment industries and that too with certain conditions. The exemptions, according to the Government, are to strike a balance between education and India’s economic reality.

      A great step again, but can you imagine it being implemented?

    7. PiracyFYI, when Udta Punjab was distributed via internet before its actual release, it was illegal to download and share!Though torrent is not illegal in India, the downloading and uploading of any unauthorised material infringing the copyright of a work is. According to the Indian Copyright Act, a software pirate can be tried both under civil as well as criminal law. The minimum jail term is seven days and the maximum is t
      hree years!
    8. HomosexualityHomosexuality is a criminal offense under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Recently, in 2009, the Delhi High Court in the case of Naz Foundation v. Govt. of NCT of Delhi ruled that criminalising homosexuality is in direct violation of the fundamental rights of an individual. A huge debate has ensued since then. Though the Supreme Court overruled this decision of the High Court, it has recently, on February 2, 2016, decided to review the criminalisation of homosexuality.

    Author: Monisha Purwar

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