North Korea, governed by its supreme leader Kim Jong Un, is known for following a unique law enforcement regime that is different from the rest of the world. There is a set of harsh rules and regulations imposed on the citizens of North Korea that are strange as well as unbelievable at the same time. Let’s have a look at some of them:-
1. Don’t Consume Foreign Content
Listening to foreign music or watching foreign films is considered a crime in North Korea. A citizen can be executed or imprisoned if caught consuming foreign-language content. Watching American movies can lead to execution while watching Indian films can lead to imprisonment.
Recently, Kim Jong Un is also planning to prohibit K-Pop music to limit cultural influence in North Korea.
2. Don’t Make International Calls
Calling someone living abroad is a crime in North Korea and can lead to execution. The state killed a man when he made several international calls in 2007.
3. Women Are Not Allowed To Drive
The right to drive is granted only to male government officials in North Korea. Women are not allowed to drive in any case.
4. Don’t Wear Jeans And Bikini
Wearing jeans is strictly prohibited in North Korea as the state considers it a symbol of capitalism. Women should cover their knees when wearing skirts and wearing bikinis is prohibited.
5. Don’t Disrespect Kim Jong Un’s Family
The state has a strict policy against those who commit any act to disrespect Kim Jon Un’s family. A woman was sent to jail for saving her children instead of former President Kim- Jong Sung’s portrait in an inferno!
6. Don’t Travel Abroad Without Permission
Citizens who travel abroad without taking permission from the state are sent to labor camps or are executed.
7. Don’t Choose Your Profession Yourself
North Koreans don’t have the right to choose their own profession as it is decided by the state as per the needs of the country.
8. Don’t Keep Your Name Kim
North Korean citizens are not allowed to keep the same name as that of the president. The people named Kim had to change their name due to state orders.
9. State Selects Your Hairstyle
There is a list of 28 hairstyles prescribed by the state which the citizens are allowed to keep. Keeping a different hairstyle that is not there on the list can lead to punishment.
10. A Criminal Can Put His Whole Family In Danger
The entire family can be punished if one member commits suicide while three generations in the family are punished when a single member commits a crime.
11. Compulsory Military Service
As per the state, every citizen should serve in the armed forces for a fixed period. Men should serve for 10 years while women for a minimum of 7 years.
12. Intranet- The Official Internet Service Of North Korea
Only Intranet or “Kwangmyong” launched in 2000 can be accessed by the citizens who have access to only 28 websites under government supervision.
Only Red Star OS, an operating system sanctioned by the state, can be used and other standard systems like Windows and Mac are banned from use.
13. Restrictions On Religious Practices
North Korea, which is an atheist state, puts heavy restrictions on western religious practices and literature. Propagation of western religious ideas and consuming the Bible can fetch you capital punishment in North Korea, where Churches are controlled by the state.
14. State Chooses Where To Live
The government selects the place where the citizens can reside within the country depending on their relationship with the state. The permission of the state is required to live in the capital Pyongyang.
15. State Controlled TV Channels
The citizens can watch only 3 state-approved television channels that are controlled by the government.
Thus, even the smallest action against the law is capable of fetching you a death sentence in North Korea!
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