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SECTION 136 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Harbouring deserter


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 136 in Simple Words
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Whoever, except as hereinafter excepted, knowing or having reason to believe that an officer, soldier, sailor or airman, in the Army, Navy or Air Force of the Government of India, has deserted, harbours such officer, soldier, sailor or airman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine or with both.



IPC 136 in Simple Words

If someone knowingly shelters or hides a deserted officer, soldier, sailor, or airman from the Indian Army, Navy, or Air Force, they can be punished with up to two years in jail, a fine, or both.


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Offence : Harbouring such an officer, soldier, sailor or airman who has deserted


Punishment : 2 Years or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate



Except as provided herein, anyone who harbours an officer, sailor, or airman in the Army or Navy of the Government of India knowing or believing that he has deserted shall be punished by imprisonment of any description for a period which is not less than a year.





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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Section 137 of the IPC?

If a master or person in control of a vessel conceals a deserter from India's Army, Navy, or Air Force, even though he is unaware of it, he will be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred rupees if, but for some circumstances, he would have been aware of this concealment.


What is Section 139 IPC?

The Code does not punish anyone who is under the Army Act (46 of 1950), Naval Discipline Act (34 of 1935), Indian Navy (Discipline Act) (34 of 1934), Air Force Act (45 of 1949), or Air Force Act (34 of 1930), for any of these offences.


What is IPC Act 130?

IPC Section 130: Aiding the escape, rescuing, or sheltering of such a prisoner