SECTION 353 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty

Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty

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IPC Section 353 safeguards public officials from harm or threats while on duty. Gain insights on LawRato to understand repercussions of threats against a public servant.

Whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any person being a public servant in the execution of his duty as such public servant, or with intent to prevent or deter that person from discharging his duty as such public servant, or in consequence of anything done or attempted to be done by such person to 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 two years, or with fine, or with both.

IPC 353 in Simple Words

IPC Section 353 protects public servants who work for the government, such as police officers or government workers. It says that no one can hurt them or threaten them while they are doing their job. If someone tries to stop them from doing their work or harms them because of their job that person can be punished by the law. This rule is meant to keep these workers safe and respected while they carry out their duties.

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What happens if you break this law? You could face imprisonment for up to two years, a fine, or both. The police can even arrest you without a warrant, and getting bail might be difficult. Court appearances are likely too.

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Offence : Assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty

Punishment : 2 Years or Fine or Both

Cognizance : Cognizable

Bail : Non-Bailable

Triable : Any Magistrate


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IPC Section 353: Assault, criminal force or other means to prevent a public servant from performing his duties.

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