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SECTION 116 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Abetment of offence punishable with imprisonment--if offence be not committed


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 116
  2. IPC 116 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 116 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 116

According to section 116 of Indian penal code, Whoever abets an offence punishable with imprisonment shall, if that offence be not committed in consequence of the abetment, and no express provision is made by this Code for the punishment of such abetment, be punished with imprisonment of any description provided for that offence for a term which may extend to one-fourth part of the longest term provided for that offence;
or with such fine as is provided for that offence, or with both;

If abettor or person abetted be a public servant whose duty it is to prevent offence — and if the abettor or the person abetted is a public servant, whose duty it is to prevent the commission of such offence, the abettor shall be punished with imprisonment of any description provided for that offence, for a term which may extend to one-half of the longest term provided for that offence, or with such fine as is provided for the offence, or with both.



IPC 116 in Simple Words

If someone encourages a crime that doesn't happen because of their encouragement, they can be punished with up to one-fourth of the maximum punishment for that crime or with a fine, and if the person they encouraged is a public servant responsible for preventing the crime, the punishment can be up to one-half of the maximum penalty or a fine, or both.

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Offence : Abetment of an offence, punishable with imprisonment, If the offence be not committed in consequence of the abetment


Punishment : One-Fourth of Offence or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Same As Offence


Bail : Same As Offence


Triable : Same As Offence



Offence : If the abettor or the person abetted be a public servant whose duty it is to prevent the offence


Punishment : Half of Offence or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Same As Offence


Bail : Same As Offence


Triable : Same As Offence





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FAQ's on IPC Section 116

What is the difference between Section 115 and 116 of the IPC?

Section 116 of the IPC deals with the aiding and abetting of an offence punishable by imprisonment but not actually committed. This section is identical to Section 115, however it only applies to offences punished by imprisonment. 25 Apr 2023

What is Section 117 of the IPC?

Whoever abets the commission of an offence by the public generally or by any number or class of persons exceeding ten, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.