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SECTION 364A IPC - Indian Penal Code - Kidnapping for ransom, etc.


Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 364A in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 364A related FAQs
Whoever kidnaps or abducts any person or keeps a person in detention after such kidnapping or abduction, and threatens to cause death or hurt to such person, or by his conduct gives rise to a reasonable apprehension that such person may be put to death or hurt, or causes hurt or death to such person in order to compel the Government or any foreign State or international inter-governmental organisation or any other person to do or abstain from doing any act or to pay a ransom, shall be punishable with death or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.



IPC 364A in Simple Words

According to section 364A of the Indian Penal Code, whoever kidnaps or abducts a person, threatens to cause harm, or causes harm to the person to compel the Government, foreign State, or others to do something or pay a ransom, can be punished with death or life imprisonment and fined.


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Offence : Kidnapping for ransom, etc.


Punishment : Death or Life + Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Court of Session



If a person is kidnapped or abducted, or if a person is kept in detention following such kidnapping, abduction or kidnapping, and the perpetrator threatens death or harm to that person, or gives rise to reasonable suspicions of death or injury, or injures or kills such a person to force a confession, then he will be liable for a criminal offense.





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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the ingredients of Section 364?

Ahmed v. State Of Telangana (2021) 9 SCC59, in which it was highlighted that Section 364A IPC is divided into three components: kidnapping a person, keeping them detained, threats to harm or kill, and kidnapping with the demand for ransom. 30 Mar 2023


Is Section 364 bailable or not?

IPC 364 does not carry a criminal penalty. 1 Nov 2023