10 Things Not Banned In India But Banned Around The World
Indian government is on a banning spree in 2015. While some bans raise questions on our government’s defensive attitude, others raise issues on our ability to accept all cultures with an open mind.
The Economist Intelligence Unit of ‘The Economist’ group compiles a Democracy Index each year that measures the state of freedom and democracy in 167 countries. In 2014, India was ranked 27th, falling under the category ‘Flawed democracy’, which is not too bad out of 167.
Let’s have a look at some of the things that are not banned in India but banned around the world.
Banned: Dancing in clubs (to protect public morals) – only permitted at clubs with a special license and before 12 midnight
Democracy Index Rank: 20
Banned: Women working for the government cannot wear mini skirts during office hours (In Guadalajara, Jalisco) – considered provocative
Democracy Index Rank: 57
Banned: Jogging – groups of people jogging together is considered cover for subversion against the law and order
Democracy Index Rank: 134
Banned: Oral sex is illegal unless it is used as a form of foreplay
Indulging in Homosexual relationships
Democracy Index Rank: 75
5. North Korea
Banned: Blue Jeans – considered a symbol of American imperialism
Democracy Index Rank: 167
Banned: Men cannot have spikes and pony hairstyles. There is, in fact, a catalogue of allowed hairstyles, provided by the government to the barbers
Democracy Index Rank: 158
Banned: Google’s video service, YouTube on claims of blasphemy
Cellular services on national holidays, parties at home, musicians with long hair, alcohol and pork meat
Democracy Index Rank: 108
Banned: Women are not allowed to wear trousers and skinny jeans in West Aceh district
Masturbation – penalty is decapitation
Democracy Index Rank: 49
Banned: Bearing a second child is illegal, but if born, the government imposes heavy taxes on the family, recently though, the government is considering changes to the one-child policy
Democracy Index Rank: 144
10. Saudi Arabia
Banned: Sale of pets and men walking pets in public places – as men may use animal companions to make passes on women
Also banned – female drivers, women at work, women roaming unaccompanied by men, women in sports and Valentine’s day
Democracy Index Rank: 161
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