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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

Minimum ages, maximum confusion

One might be allowed to get married at 21 but he can't drink at his own wedding as Maharashtra government raises the minimum age limit for drinking to 25. But as Pagal Patrakar observes that's not the only age anomaly.

brunch Updated: Jun 09, 2011 13:00 IST
Rahul Roushan
Rahul Roushan
Hindustan Times

Maharashtra government has raised the minimum age requirement for consuming alcohol from 21 years to 25 years, thus bringing Mumbai at par with Delhi in this regard. While one might be tempted to get into Mumbai vs. Delhi debate on this topic, which I anyway welcome people to indulge in in the comments section of this article, I'd stick to this whole business of government fixing age limits for doing certain things, because there are many things that I don't understand.

It all starts on a good note, as the government stipulates that anyone less than 3 years old need not buy railway tickets or movie tickets or is exempted to pay other forms of fees and taxes, but the fun and logic more or less ends over there.

BeerFor example, the government thinks that a guy is eligible to marry only when he is 21 years old, while he can start watching adult movies when he is 18 years old, whereas a girl can do both these things as soon as she is 18.

Why is this three years "internship period" necessary only in cases of boys? Either they should start treating girls as "adult" (thus allow them to buy tickets of Delhi Belly) when they are 15 years old, or allow boys to marry earlier. I don't understand it.

Talking about the real "internship period" in cases of marriage and sex, the minimum age of consent (for having consensual sex) in India is 16 years. Therefore you can have sex when you turn 16 but can't watch others having it (in a video clip) till you turn 18. And guess what, I just learned that in Manipur, the legal age of consent is 14 years. I don't understand it at all.

Anyway, coming to the latest rule in Maharashtra, what I don't understand is why they raised the age limit to 25 years from 21 years suddenly. The only reason I can see is that maybe guys from Delhi, aged between 21 and 25 years, were traveling a lot to Mumbai to "drink legally", thus making use of this "arbitrage of age". Wait, what is the legal age of drinking in UP and Bihar? That might explain the influx of North Indians to MNS and Shiv Sena.

Nonetheless, it's good that they have brought the law to the same level in Mumbai and Delhi. By the way 25 years is also the minimum age required to become a Lok Sabha MP. Don't drink and drive the nation is all that I can say. Cheers and hic!

(Rahul Roushan aka Pagal Patrakar is the editor of the leading Indian news satire website Faking News. You can connect with him on Twitter and on Facebook)

First Published: Jun 02, 2011 14:25 IST

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