Archaic Laws - Why
Much of our laws/acts/regulations were written ages ago; many in 19th century (several under British rule).
Shining Examples Archaic Laws from the land of Manu:
- Indian Telegraph Act - 1855
- The Indian Penal Code which makes homosexuality a crime - 1860. And this same law makes adultery a crime, though only the male who has sex with a married woman can be imprisoned. Not the woman! - 1860
- Indian Contract Act - 1872.
- Official Secrets Act - 1923
- The Banking Regulation Act - 1949
To make matters even more interesting many of these laws have clauses that read like : "Notwithstanding anything written...."
So, what's going on?:
- Lawmakers are too busy playing caste and vote bank politics - by adding zillion clauses to existing reservation laws. They do not talk about removing creamy layer or need of primary education.
- Politicians rarely debate such things in Parliament. Many just don't attend; those who do; are either playing regional card; or trying to bring down the opposition.
- Political Honchos like to leave such things to - so called Experts - or Committees - unless it is something that can help their political careers.
- Bureaucrats largely choose to let things - 'just be'.
We do actually have a very very large number of laws. Are a large number of laws indicative of a problem? Yes indeed - which is - Poor interpretation of laws (often purposeful - reservations is an example of that).