If you stay in the villages of Bihar, and cook between 9 am and 6 pm this summer, you will be jailed for up to two years!

Bihar Government bans cooking

Picture Source Bihar Government bans cooking

No, it’s not a joke. But there is a bit more to it. In this year’s scorching summer, wildfires have become very common in Bihar. In the past two weeks itself, around 66 people and 1,200 animals have lost their lives to fires. To combat this, the state government has implemented a bizarre rule – no cooking between 9 to 6!

And it’s not just household cooking either, even religious functions where a fire is involved have also been banned! The logic behind this idea, thought up by the Nitish Kumar government, is that the heavy winds in that region pick up sparks from cooking fires, igniting the straw huts. The most recent incident happened in the Begusarai district on April 26th, where more than 300 huts caught fire and got completely decimated.

Bihar Government bans cooking

Picture Source Bihar Government bans cooking

Vyasji, the government official responsible for handling disasters said,

The point is that hundreds of lives are at risk. The order has only been given after a detailed survey on just how the fires started. The jail term is based on a law on disaster management.

A resident of Bihar’s Jehanabad village, Satender Bind, was one of the unlucky ones to have lost his hut in a recent fire. Bind said,

It sounds fine but I wonder how many people will follow it. There are practical difficulties. But yes… I did lose my home in a fire and it started from someone’s cooking.

Police admitted that enforcing a law such as this is quite difficult, however, the fear of punishment is hoped to urge villagers to follow it eventually.

Bihar Government bans cooking Bihar Government bans cooking