11 Most Surprising Things That Are Banned in India


India is known for preserving its diversity of culture and traditions. In India, Government bans all that unusual things that come across their culture and religious norms. There are many weird things which are banned by the government of India. Some of the things are listed below:

  1. No Alcohol Advertising

Since the late 1995 advertising of liquor has been considered illegal. On 8 September 2000, advertising of alcohol and tobacco is illegal in Indian television service Indian Ministry of Health who considered alcohols have adverse effects on person’s effect. According to the 2016 population survey, the population around 1.324 billion, were around 3.3 million drink alcohol. There will be the best way out for advertisement of liquor companies with numerous brands like mineral water, soda, CD’s, airline and even a cricket team.

  2. Homosexuality

Homosexuality is a taboo for Indian society and for the government. India is always attached to its traditions, culture and religious norms. Under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code having physical relation with persons of the same gender is punishable according to the law. According to the government of India, being gay is a ‘disease’ and there has to be someone takes steps to put a stop to it. This ban was uplifted in 2009, but the Supreme Court recently reinstated it in the year 2013, and the Supreme Court gives a cruel impact to all the homosexuals throughout the country.  Strong protests were acted throughout the country regard homosexuality ban. On August 24, 2017, India’s Supreme Court gave the country’s a new community is commonly known as LGBT community and gave the freedom to safely express their sexual orientation.

Note: On 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalized homosexuality by declaring Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional. See LGBT Rights INDIA.

  3. Beef

Yes, beef is one of the latest and most controversial topics to the India list of the ban.  Beef is banned in some the states in India.   In the year 2015, Government of Maharashtra, India’s second largest states imposed a ban on selling of beef. India being a Hindu Majority state and that worship cow. This law was actually passed by the Government of India in lieu of religious norms.

  4. Foie Gras

Foie Gras is a French menu dush and it comes with luxurious food products. This dish is optioned by the duck.  After an animal activist group from London protested against the way used for producing the duck liver delicacy was brutal, India has become the first country to put the ban over the import of Foie Gras in the year 2014. After India, many countries like Israel, Germany, England and the state of California also banned the production of foie Grass.

  5. Porn

India has a completely different outlook towards pornography. In 2001, the Bombay court appointed a committee to look over the issues related to online pornography.  In an age where porn industry is a legitimate business across worldwide, but in India has a different point of view toward pornography and toward porn stars like Sunny Leone, Rakhi Sawant and Poonam Pandey who post their images and video to the social site, the government of India actually regard it illegal. Hence, 857 porn domestic and international website has been blocked in India’s, with the order of the Central government of India in August 2015.

  6. Kissing in Public

In a country with the world’s largest population, showing or express love in public is a crime.  In India many couples were beaten up or forced to get married when they were found kissing in public, hugging or even holding each other hands.  According to Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code, lays down the punishment for obscene acts or words in public. The other sections of Indian Penal code which deal with obscenity are 292 and 293. In  2014, a national wide non-violent protest against moral policing called ‘The Kiss of Love protest‘ followed by thousands of young couples started in Kerala, India and later spread in all other parts of India. The movement began when a Facebook page called ‘Kiss of Love’ called forth the youth across Kerala to take part in a protest against moral policing on November 2, 2014, at Marine Drive which gets support by more than 154,404 ‘Likes’ for the Facebook page. This protest receives opposition from different religious and political groups.

  7. Dancing Bars

The dancing bar was used to present only in Maharashtra, which is an adult entertainment in the form of dances.  But later dance bars were spread all over the country, mainly in cities. Dance bars were banned in the state of Maharashtra in August 2005, which was first struck down by the Bombay High Court on 12 April 2006, and judgment regarding dance bar was announced by Supreme Court in 2013. The Maharashtra Government again in 2014 banned dance bars but then Supreme Court take judgment in 2015 to reopen Mumbai dance bars.

  8. Mannequins Displaying Lingerie

In the city, Mumbai, Mannequins wearing bikinis from store window is banned in the year 2013. Displaying of Lingerie affects the mindset of men towards women and they see her as a commodity, this step will reduce the number of cases of rape and other sexual assault cases.

  9. Fifty Shades of Grey

  10. Feature film ‘Unfreedom’

  11. India’s Daughter- A Documentary by BBC