SECTION 320 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Grievous hurt

Last Updated: 01 Nov, 2023
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


Description of IPC Section 320

According to section 320 of Indian penal code,

The following kinds of hurt only are designated as "grievous":

  1. Emasculation.

  2. Permanent privation of the sight of either eye.

  3. Permanent privation of the hearing of either ear.

  4. Privation of any member or joint.

  5. Destruction or permanent impairing of the powers of any member or joint.

  6. Permanent disfiguration of the head or face.

  7. Fracture or dislocation of a bone or tooth.

  8. Any hurt which endangers life or which causes the sufferer to be during the space of twenty days in severe bodily pain, or unable to follow his ordinary pursuits.

IPC 320 in Simple Words

Section 320 of the Indian Penal Code defines 'grievous hurt' as specific severe injuries including emasculation, loss of sight or hearing, loss of a body part or joint, disfigurement, fractures, and injuries endangering life or causing severe pain for at least twenty days.

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