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SECTION 301 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Culpable homicide by causing death of person other than person whose death was intended


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 301
  2. IPC 301 in Simple Words

Description of IPC Section 301

According to section 301 of Indian penal code, If a person, by doing anything which he intends or knows to be likely to cause death, commits culpable homicide by causing the death of any person, whose death he neither intends nor knows himself to be likely to cause, the culpable homicide committed by the offender is of the description of which it would have been if he had caused the death of the person whose death he intended or knew himself to he likely to cause.



IPC 301 in Simple Words

Section 301 of the Indian Penal Code states that if a person intends or knows that their action is likely to cause death, and as a result, another person dies (whom they did not intend to harm), the offense is treated as if they caused the death of the person they intended or knew they might harm.

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Section 301 of the Indian Penal Code addresses the crime of culpable homicide by causing the death of someone other than the intended victim. This provision states that if a person causes the death of another person who was not the intended target, the perpetrator will still be charged with culpable homicide.




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What is the case law of 301?

The object of transferred malice Section 301 If a person committing culpable homicide had an intention to kill a person but killed another person. It may also be the case where he did not even have an intention to kill or where he did not have the knowledge that his act would cause death. 27 Jan 2020

What is Section 301 of the IPC in Indian Kanoon?

301. Culpable homicide by causing death of person other than person whose death was intended.

What is the doctrine of transfer of malice section 301?

The Doctrine of Transfer of Malice also referred as Transmigration of Motive is contained in Section 301 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC). Section 301 deals with the culpable homicide by causing death of person other than person whose death was intended. 23 Nov 2023

What is Section 304 of the IPC?

Whoever causes the death of any person by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.