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Indian government plans to repeal hundreds of pre-independence laws

Legal relics of British rule face biggest clearout since India became independent in 1947.

In India, shooting an elephant carries a fine of 500 rupees, or £5, according to a colonial law dating back to 1879.

Another statute from 1878 states that anyone discovering treasure worth more than 10 rupees should not pocket it, but inform the nearest tax collector.

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