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SECTION 295 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Injuring or defiling place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 295
  2. IPC 295 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 295 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 295

According to section 295 of Indian penal code, Whoever destroys, damages or defiles any place of worship, or any object held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of thereby insulting the religion of any class of persons or with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.



IPC 295 in Simple Words

Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code states that intentionally destroying or defiling a place of worship or any sacred object with the intention of insulting a religious group, or knowing it will likely be considered an insult, can lead to imprisonment for up to two years, or a fine, or both.

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-- Whoever destroys, damages or defiles any place of worship, or any object held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of thereby insulting the religion of any class of persons or with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their ...


Offence : Destroying, damaging or defiling a place of worship or sacred object with intent to insult the religion of any class of persons


Punishment : 2 Years or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate





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FAQ's on IPC Section 295

What is the crime section 295?

Section 295 of the I.P.C makes destruction, damage, or defilement of a place of worship or an object held sacred, with intent to insult the religion of a class of persons, punishable with imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with fine , or with both.

Is Section 295A of the IPC constitutional?

In 1957, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the said section in 'Ramji Lal Modi v. State of U.P. ' The Court held that Section 295A IPC does not penalize any and every act of insult to or attempt to insult any religion or the religious beliefs of a class of citizens.

What is the difference between 295 and 295A?

Both Sections, Section 295 and section 295Adeals with the offence of insulting religious feelings of any class of persons. But under Section 295 offence is committed by a certain act such as destruction damage to any place of worship or any object held sacred.

What are the Offences related to religion section 295 to 298?

The laws made forced conversion a cognizable offense under sections 295 A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to malicious and deliberate intention to hurt the religious sentiments of others. They attract a prison term of up to 3 years and fine.