Indian Court Slams Police for Arresting Man for Drinking Tea in Suspicious Manner

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The Arab Times reports that a court in India ordered a man released after his arrest for allegedly drinking tea in a suspicious manner.  Apparently, the police believe he was not drinking tea in a satisfactory manner and made them believe he was about to commit some kind of crime.

I really like what the court said in upholding the man's civil rights:

“We were unaware that the law required anyone to give an explanation for having tea, whether in the morning, noon or night,” said Judges G.S. Patel and S.C. Dharmadhikari in the order.

“One might take tea in a variety of ways, not all of them always elegant or delicate, some of them perhaps even noisy. But we know of no way to drink tea ‘suspiciously’.”
“We were unaware that the law required anyone to give an explanation for having tea, whether in the morning, noon or night,” said Judges G.S. Patel and S.C. Dharmadhikari in the order.

“One might take tea in a variety of ways, not all of them always elegant or delicate, some of them perhaps even noisy. But we know of no way to drink tea ‘suspiciously’.”
“We were unaware that the law required anyone to give an explanation for having tea, whether in the morning, noon or night,” said Judges G.S. Patel and S.C. Dharmadhikari in the order releasing the accused man.

“One might take tea in a variety of ways, not all of them always elegant or delicate, some of them perhaps even noisy. But we know of no way to drink tea ‘suspiciously’.”

I had a somewhat similar experience where they said I wasn't drinking the matcha at the Saginaw Japanese Tea Garden properly, but at least I didn't get arrested.  A social faux pas should not lead to incarceration, at least in my view.

Now for Today's Teatime headlines:

Tea Fun


Save money, grow your own herbal teas.  (That's a terrible idea, come to think of it).

Create your own vintage tea towels.

Tea Benefits


Researchers say drinking tea may cut Type 2 diabetes risk.

For Industry Insiders


Kenyan tea farmers see their incomes fall from last year.

Bangladesh tea sales flat.

Small tea growers in Bengal get a boost.


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