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INDIAN KANOON SECTION 376D IPC - Indian Penal Code - Gang Rape [1]

  • Description

    Where a woman is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intention, each of those persons shall be deemed to have committed the offence of rape and shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than twenty years, but which may extend to life which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life, and with fine;

    Provided that such fine shall be just and reasonable to meet the medical expenses and rehabilitation of the victim;

    Provided further that any fine imposed under this section shall be paid to the victim.

    1 Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013


    Applicable Offences

    Gang rape
    Punishment - Rigorous Imprisonment for 20 years to Imprisonment for Natural-Life + Fine paid to the victim
    This is a Non-bailable, Cognizable offence and triable by Court of Session

    This offence is NOT compoundable.


    1.If an offence is cognizable, police has the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court. Otherwise police does not have the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and an investigation cannot be initiated without a court order.

    2.If an offience is bailable, police has the authority to release the accused on bail on getting the defined surety amount along with a duly filled bail bond at the concerned police station. Otherwise arrested person has to apply for bail before a magistrate or court

    3. If an offence is compoundable, a compromise can be done between the accused and the victim, and a trial can be avoided. Otherwise, No compromise is allowed between the accused and the victim except under certain situations, where the High Court or the Supreme Court have the authority for quashing a matter.

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