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SECTION 337 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others


Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 337
  2. IPC 337 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 337 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 337

According to section 337 of Indian penal code, Whoever causes hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life, or the personal safety of others, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.



IPC 337 in Simple Words

Section 337 of the Indian Penal Code states that if someone causes hurt to another person by acting rashly or negligently, endangering human life or others' safety, they can be punished with imprisonment for up to six months, or a fine of up to five hundred rupees, or both.

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Whoever causes hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life, or the personal safety of others, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.


Offence : Causing hurt by an act which endangers human life, etc.


Punishment : 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate





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What is the bail in 337?

Is IPC 337 a bailable or non-bailable offence? IPC Section 337 is a 'bailable offence '. In such an offence, bail is granted as a claim of right. It can be provided by the police officer that has custody of the offender or by the court.

What is IPC 279 337 a criminal offence?

This clearly states that Section 279 of the IPC applies exclusively to rash and negligent driving in public ways that endanger the lives of others. If, on the other hand, the driver causes death or physical harm to another person, he or she is punished under Sections 337 and 338 of the Indian Penal Code. 30 May 2022