6 Weird Laws In Nepal

Laws About Explicit Scenes In Movies

Sex scenes and curse words have become quite commonplace in Nepali cinema today. One might even go so far as to say that Nepali curse words add a much-needed element of familiarity and belonging to our films. However, it turns out that an ancient law prohibits all forms of sex scenes and curse words in Nepali films. The only exception to this rule is if the material that discusses sexual content and behavior is for public service purposes.

Legal Provision To Consume Marijuana

Yes, you read that right. Once a major destination on the Hippie trail, marijuana is today a persecuted substance that many enthusiasts consume in secret. However, the laws that define illegal drugs also have a provision under which Nepalis can consume Nepal legally. The laws acknowledge the medicinal benefits of marijuana, and allow Nepalis to smoke weed if they are prescribed the ganja by a doctor to help with any health ailments.

Requirements For Becoming A Bus Conductor

Did you know that they have laws even have a requirement for becoming a bus conductor? Just like a person needs a driving license to drive a vehicle, Nepali laws apparently mandate a license for working as a bus conductor too. Not just that, but a person has to be at least 18 years of age and should have passed 10th grade to apply for this license. Of course, this law simply sits in the books and isn’t implemented at all, as the multitude of child conductors we see everyday will prove.

Laws About Birthday Parties

There is even a law in Nepal that sets a maximum number of people allowed to attend a birthday party. Yes, our law specifically prohibits more than 25 people from attending a single birthday party — and this law is still in effect!

Laws About Marriage Processions

The same act that defined the maximum headcount for birthday parties also has a different section for the maximum number of people allowed to participate in a single janti. According to this law, a maximum of 51 people are allowed to participate in any marriage procession. Breaking the law comes with a hefty fine of Rs. 10,000 and even a possible two-week stint in jail! Not just that, but this law even stipulates how big the janti’s musical band is allowed to be — and that’s 11 people, and not one more.

Laws Against Begging

Our laws also include an act written solely to ban begging. Of course, this law too isn’t implemented in the least. If it were to be implemented, though, a beggar will have to pay a fine of Rs. 75 if caught doing his business.


Cujo (1983)

In Cujo a mother and her young son are held hostage in a hot, broken car by a massive, rabid St. Bernard — but first, there’s a whole lot of domestic drama to get through! The characters in Lewis Teague’s film version aren’t quite as fleshed out as they are in King’s claustrophobic 1981 novel, nor are their actions always understandable. Not to mention the fact that the film’s moody approach to the story makes one miss the devil-may-care sleaziness of the book. Despite all that, this dog-eat-person tale works: The central set piece of Dee Wallace v. killer canine is wonderfully tense and despairing — a terrified mother trying to protect herself and her fragile young son in the most surreal and terrifying of circumstances.

A spiritual cousin to The Shawshank Redemption, this adaptation of King’s serialized prison novel focuses on Paul Edgecomb, a guard who heads up a Louisiana correction facility’s Death Row. Edgecomb witnesses the unique healing powers of an illiterate inmate named John Coffey (Oscar-nominated Michael Clarke Duncan), and this straightforward story soon turns into a tale of magical realism. Helmed by Shawshank director Frank Daranbont it stars Tom Hanks as a death row prison guard during the Great Depression who witnesses supernatural events following the arrival of an enigmatic convict (Michael Clarke Duncan) at his facility. David Morse, Barry Pepper, Graham Greene, Bonnie Hunt, Patricia Clarkson, William Sadler, Doug Hutchison and James Cromwell appear in supporting roles.

1408 (2007)

1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on Stephen King’s 1999 short story of the same name. It is directed by Mikael Håfström and stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was released in the United States on June 22, 2007. The film follows Cusack as Mike Enslin, an author who investigates allegedly haunted houses and rents the titular room 1408 at a New York City hotel. Although skeptical of the paranormal, he is soon trapped in the room where he experiences bizarre events. Reviews were mostly positive and the film performed positively at the box office. Jackson plays the hotel manager who tries to discourage him.

As far as lycanthrope movies go, this is a cult classic. Silver Bullet is a 1985 American horror thriller film based on the 1983 Stephen King novella Cycle of the Werewolf. It stars Corey Haim, Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Megan Follows & Terry O’Quinn. The film is directed by Dan Attias, written by King and produced by Martha De Laurentiis. Its tale of a small Maine town plagued by bark-at-the-moon beast on the loose is a solid B-movie, complete with flying decapitated heads and a young Corey Haim. The workman-like approach actually fits King’s prose and tone from the 127-page novella, as well as forcing everything to adhere to a forward momentum that amps up the tension.

The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name and stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. The film’s central character is Jack Torrance (Nicholson), an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of an isolated hotel in the Colorado Rockies, with his wife, Wendy Torrance (Duvall), and young son, Danny Torrance (Lloyd). Danny is gifted with psychic abilities named “shining”. After a winter storm leaves the Torrances snowbound, Jack’s sanity deteriorates due to the influence of the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel and Wendy must save her son & herself from him.