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SECTION 332 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 332
  2. IPC 332 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 332 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 332

According to section 332 of Indian penal code, Whoever voluntarily causes hurt to any person being a public servant in the discharge of his duty as such public servant, or with intent to prevent or deter that person or any other public servant from discharging his duty as such public servant, or in consequence of anything done or attempted to be done by that person in the lawful discharge of his duty as such public servant, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.



IPC 332 in Simple Words

Section 332 of the Indian Penal Code states that if someone voluntarily causes hurt to a public servant while they are performing their duty, or with the intent to prevent or deter them or any other public servant from performing their duty, or as a consequence of their lawful actions as a public servant, they can be punished with imprisonment for up to three years, or a fine, or both.

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A breach of Section 332 of the IPC, which deals with punishment for the offence of voluntarily causing harm in order to deter a public worker from doing his duties, can lead to a three-year jail sentence, a fine, or both. Any Magistrate Court can hear this case.


Offence : Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty


Punishment : 3 Years or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Magistrate First Class





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What is Section 333 of the IPC?

Whoever voluntarily causes grievous hurt to any person being a public servant in the discharge of his duty as such public servant, or with intent to prevent or deter that person or any other public servant from discharging his duty as such public servant, or in consequence of anything done or attempted to be done by ...

What is the difference between 332 and 333 IPC?

Causing hurt to deter public servants (Sections 332 & 333) This is punishable with imprisonment up to 3 years and/or fine. Section 333 is similar with the only difference that it relates to grievous hurt and not just simple hurt. Punishments for this extends to imprisonment up to 10 years and also includes fine.

What is Section 353 of the IPC?

What is IPC Section 353? IPC Section 353 describes that obstructing the duty of a public servant with the use of assault and criminal force to stop the public servant from performing his task will be charged with Section 353.