Published On: Sat, Aug 20th, 2016

Some Weird Laws of Asian Countries


From chewing gums to flushing a public toilet, from having children to committing suicide, you are not out of the bounds of laws which are for everything under the sky.

These are man-made laws legislated by human beings, but interpretation of some weird and strange laws on the globe make you think that are people obligated to follow these laws?

Some of these laws, however, have gone out of date and some still exit on books. Let’s have a look over some  bizarre laws in Asian countries:


– China

A woman and her baby wait on the street for a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, in this September 3, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

As of July 2013, it is illegal for Chinese adult children not to visit their parents “often.” China enacted this law in 2013 to help care for its aging population. The law requires adults to visit their elderly parents to avoid being at risk of a lawsuit.


Japan is the land that brought us ancient game sumo wrestling, but it is illegal to be fat there. According to a law, every men and women aged 40 and over must not have a waist measuring over than 32 inches and 36 inches respectively. If their paunches breach this limit, men will be given dieting guidance.

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's Vice Minister Keizo Takemi has his waistline measured by the ministry's dietitian Keiko Mizoguchi in his office in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. Takemi and his fellow Vice Minister Noritoshi Ishida, both pot-bellied, began posting news about their fights against flab on the ministry's home page earlier this week to promote greater awareness of the health dangers posed by metabolic syndrome. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Hundreds of years ago in Japan anyone who attempted to leave the country was instantly executed.

It is forbidden to damage or throw away money. If you do, you could be fined up to ¥200,000 or spend a year in prison.



In Singapore, selling non-medical chewing gum or chewing normal gum carries a fine of $1000. A second offense costs $2000 and being forced to clean a public area of the city for a day. If a person litters three times, they must clean the streets wearing a bib that reads “I’m a litterer.” Spitting is also illegal and can result in arrest.

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According to Singapore Statutes Online, singing, reciting or uttering any ballad or obscene song in public is illegal. If you’re caught breaking this law, you’ll be punished with 3 months’ imprisonment, a fine or both.

According to Singapore’s Computer Misuse and Cyber security Act, using another person’s WiFi is defined as hacking. The penalty for this is a hefty $10,000 fine, 3 years in jail, or both.

Failure to flush a public toilet after use may result in rather hefty fines in Singapore.

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And don’t even think of urinating in elevators. They are equipped with Urine Detection Devices (UDD) that detect the scent of urine, sets off an alarm and closes the doors until the police arrive.

– Hone Kong

In Hong Kong, there’s a law that allows a wife to kill her husband if she finds him cheating. However, she must kill him with her bare hands.

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– Thailand

Thailand’s currency carries an image of the much-revered King of Thailand, who has ruled the country for 70 years. Stepping on the currency, and therefore his face, is a criminal act. It’s also against the law to insult his majesty.


Possession of any form of narcotic drug, even a narcotic painkiller, can get you mandatory punishment including death at Malaysian customs.

Singing obscene song is illegal in Malaysia, so be careful while singing in streets.

– India

In India, the Motor Vehicles Act 1914 requires that a person needs to have ‘well brushed teeth’ in order to be eligible to become an inspector in Andhra Pradesh. A person with dirty, pale teeth cannot become an inspector in the state!


According to the Indian Aircraft Act, 1934, kites are also aircraft, and you must obtain a permit as required for a plane.

According to Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, suicide in the country is legal, but punishment awaits a person who fails to die.

 – Bangladesh

Bangladeshi children of 15 and older can be sent to jail for cheating in their final exams.


 [The author (Sarah Raza Ansari) is an online journalist, likes research and writing on social issues, culture, tourism and international affairs.]

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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