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INDIAN KANOON SECTION 326A IPC - Indian Penal Code - Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid, etc.[1]

  • Description

    Whoever causes permanent or partial damage or deformity to, or bums or maims or disfigures or disables, any part or parts of the body of a person or causes grievous hurt by throwing acid on or by administering acid to that person, or by using any other means with the intention of causing or with the knowledge that he is likely to cause such injury or hurt, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than ten years but which may extend to imprisonment for life, and with fine;

    Provided that such fine shall be just and reasonable to meet the medical expenses of the treatment of the victim;

    Provided further that any fine imposed under this section shall be paid to the victim.

    1 Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013


    Applicable Offences

    Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid, etc.
    Punishment - 10 years to Life + Fine paid to the victim
    This is a Non-bailable, Cognizable offence and triable by Court of Session

    This offence is NOT compoundable.


    1.If an offence is cognizable, police has the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and to start an investigation with or without the permission of a court. Otherwise police does not have the authority to arrest the accused without a warrant and an investigation cannot be initiated without a court order.

    2.If an offience is bailable, police has the authority to release the accused on bail on getting the defined surety amount along with a duly filled bail bond at the concerned police station. Otherwise arrested person has to apply for bail before a magistrate or court

    3. If an offence is compoundable, a compromise can be done between the accused and the victim, and a trial can be avoided. Otherwise, No compromise is allowed between the accused and the victim except under certain situations, where the High Court or the Supreme Court have the authority for quashing a matter.

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