Indian Laws every foreign tourist should know


When it comes to the customs and laws of India, the rumor factories really get going. Are they going to cut off your hand for stealing? No. Are lynching mafias a common form of justice? Also not. Can you be arrested for a quick hug on the street? Unfortunately yes.

Here is a list of basic rules compiled for your benefit so you know exactly what is coming. More importantly, familiarize yourself with the legal terms to know when you are really guilty and when corrupt authorities harass you. As a foreigner, it is likely to be the target of police or locals who try to take advantage of their ignorance, so it is important to know their rights.

Legal rights of women

Only women can accompany women to the police station. If there is not one, DO NOT GO
Officers not only do not have the right to escort a woman, but can also refuse to go to the police station between 6 p.m. M. And 6 a. M. In the case of a felony, a written permission from the magistrate is required for male officers to escort him Women can file complaints through emails at, our National Commission for Women.

The guidelines issued by the Delhi Police give women the right to register a complaint by email or even by post if they can not go to the police station. Just do a quick search on the Internet to get the contact details of your local police station

Public protocol

PDA: Many of the problems of Indian law derive from the fact that the vague wording of the Indian Penal Code gives police officers a fair amount of unfair room for maneuver. While in the cities you can find rows of couples kissing below the shore, more rural areas tend to oppose even holding hands or a kiss on the cheek. Always try to measure the atmosphere first, and if you are reprimanded by a police officer, excuse yourself to the point of crawling, because rudeness and arrogance will not get you anywhere. Nudity or going topless in public is never an option on any beach, and on certain beaches in South India that are home to religious sites, it is better to avoid bikinis and avoid offending.

Public nuisance: Section 268 defines this as “an illegal omission that causes injuries, dangers or inconveniences common to the public or to people in general.” Note the use of the term “annoyance,” again widely open for interpretation. Avoid disturbing residents with loud noises, public drunkenness or anything that can be construed as vandalism. Sexual harassment is never appreciated either.

Homosexuality: in 2013, the Supreme Court of India brought back Section 377, a controversial law that penalizes “unnatural sex”. While most see this as a direct criminalization of homosexuality, it has two more consequences: LGBTQ people who DO NOT engage in any type of sexual activity while in the country can be harassed if their sexuality becomes public. That said, there are several NGOs and other organizations that work for the community that will always provide support, such as The Lawyers Collective. The second implication is that heterosexual couples trapped in anal and oral sex are also technically punishable according to this law, which considers that only penetration vaginal penis is legal. While it is very unlikely that the police will break into your room and remove the sheets, it is always good to know exactly where you are with the law.

Recording: Obviously, you want a treasure trove of videos and photographs to take home, and India offers a lot of pictures, but try to be a little careful in sensitive areas. Military and government zones, crowded airports and train stations are always on high alert to security threats, it is not necessary to confuse you with one. If there is any chance of you wearing binoculars, place them too.

Substance laws

Alcohol: The legal drinking age varies from one state to another from 18 to 25, so do some local research before you leave. In general, a distinction is made between soft liquor (beer and wine) and hard liquor (aguardiente). Avoid local liquors not approved by your hotel manager or tour guide, and again, without public drunkenness. If the date of an election is approaching, alcohol may be banned for a couple of days before, and days of religious or local political importance are also usually dry. Some states are dry throughout the year or require a permit to buy, transport or consume alcohol. The transportation of alcohol between states is often illegal because of the different laws on alcohol, it is possible that