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SECTION 338 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Causing grievous 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 338
  2. IPC 338 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 338 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 338

According to section 338 of Indian penal code, Whoever causes grievous 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 two years, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.



IPC 338 in Simple Words

Section 338 of the Indian Penal Code states that if someone causes serious injuries to another person by acting recklessly or negligently, endangering human life or others' safety, they can be punished with imprisonment for up to two years, or a fine of up to one thousand rupees, or both.

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Whoever causes grievous 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 two years, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.


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


Punishment : 2 Years or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Any Magistrate





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FAQ's on IPC Section 338

What is the difference between IPC 337 and 338?

The IPC section 279 states about Irresponsible driving, IPC 337 states about afflicting hurt on a third person and IPC section 338 states on provision for fine. The offences under 279/337/338 of IPC are not considered as petty offences in the eye of the law. 5 Sept 2017

What is the fine amount for Section 279 and 338 of IPC?

As per Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code, any individual found guilty of rash or negligent driving, endangering human life, can be punished by law. As per the law, such an individual can be imprisoned for a period of up to 6 months, fined 1,000, or both.

What is 337 IPC?

This section states 'Whoever causes hurt to any person by committing an act, rashly or negligently, and as a result endangers human life or the safety of others, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term that can extend to the period of six months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both ...

What is the section for grievous hurt?

325. According to section 325, I.P.C., the main ingredient of the offence is that grievous hurt should be intended to be caused or the offender should have knowledge that the hurt caused was likely to be grievous. The offence under this section is intermediate between hurt and homicide.