Why Doesn’t Public Urination Come Under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code?


Many of you would have read a sentence that goes something like this: ‘In India, kissing in public is forbidden, but pissing in public is allowed.’ Public urination is still not ban in India and hold of the major factor for creating unhygienic environment for all.


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That population of men that urinates on the roads is the same that gets silently excited when they see a kiss on a theater screen (the ones missed by the Censor Board). Public urination is one act which is hated by all but still many people tend to contribute in it and which definitely hampers our environment for which we bug at least once a day for sure!  It is the same that makes a face of disgust when it encounters the same display of affection out in public, but upon seeing a fellow man spill out body waste into the open environment, dismisses it out of mind. It is the same brand of hypocrisy followed by the population of India.

Indians like to talk about decency. One should talk decently, dress decently, and act decently. The latter part doesn’t seem to apply to most, though. A person can wear good and nicely ironed clothes, but they don’t have the decency to use a bathroom when they need one.

A few months ago, I walked past a man urinating into the fence of a house, lining a sidewalk. Apparently he couldn’t hold in his pee for the lane that was 5 meters away. I had to squeeze past him to walk by, not a very pleasant prospect. Needless to say, I was disgusted. My question is this – why are such acts not considered obscene? There he is, standing less than a yard away from me, with his member out of his pants. And somehow, by some crazy idea, this takes way less priority than an act of kissing, which requires no private body parts to be put on display. If Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code talks about obscene acts that annoy others, why isn’t the spilling of toxic body wastes into an open environment, in full public view, taken into any consideration?

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Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code states the following:

Whoever, to the annoyance of others –

(a) Does any obscene act in any public place, or

(b) Sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place,

Shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend
to three months, or with fine, or with both.

Indians have come to the conclusion that showing affection in the presence of others is a criminal offence, but polluting the environment is absolutely not. Seeing a couple acting as a couple, married or otherwise, is unacceptable, while the routine uncovering of the genitals in common areas is normal.

I’m sorry to object, general Indian population, but the acts of public urination and defecation are obscene, in my eyes. I don’t believe in ignoring the fact that these human beings are playing a part in polluting the already damaged environment. Not only in terms of water resources, but aesthetically too. How many times have we covered our noses, smelled our wrists and held our breaths when a random yet over-powering whiff of piss decides to attack us in the middle of the street, or while turning a corner? I don’t believe in pretending not to see a man standing on the same side of the road as me, wetting a wall or a fence with the stench of his urine. What is it going to bring to you, pride? For being ‘decent’ enough not to point him out? Maybe because you know it won’t get you anywhere. The law-keepers of this country are busy focusing on those who show love, and blatantly ignoring those who show no respect for their surroundings.

Oh well, maybe that’s because they are part of the latter.


Poet, writer, animal lover – the way I’ve been made! I’m a big believer in the goodness of people, and I save a little bit of it for myself. Either cooking, reading, or binge-watching TV shows when I’m not procrastinating. A deep love of travelling and languages runs in my blood, and saving this big ol’ blue planet tops my bucket list. Basically an independent introvert, loving the company of the extroverts surrounding me!



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