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SECTION 372 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Selling minor for purposes of prostitution, etc.


Last Updated: 01 Mar, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 372
  2. IPC 372 in Simple Words
  3. IPC Section 372 related FAQs

Description of IPC Section 372

According to section 372 of Indian penal code, Whoever sells, lets to hire, or otherwise disposes of any person under the age of eighteen years with intent that such person shall at any age be employed or used for the purpose of prostitution or illicit intercourse with any person or for any unlawful and immoral purpose, or knowing it to be likely that such person will at any age be employed or used for any such purpose, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.



IPC 372 in Simple Words

In the Indian Penal Code, anyone who sells, rents out, or transfers a person under 18 years of age with the intention of using them for prostitution, illicit intercourse, or any unlawful and immoral purpose, can be punished with imprisonment for up to ten years and fined.

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Offence : Selling or letting to hire a minor for purposes of prostitution, etc.


Punishment : 10 Years + Fine


Cognizance : Cognizable


Bail : Non-Bailable


Triable : Court of Session





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FAQ's on IPC Section 372

Is 372 is a bailable?

A police officer may arrest an accused person without a warrant if the offence is cognizable under section 372. Is IPC section 372 bailable? According to schedule 1 of Criminal Procedure Code the offense u/s. 372 is not bailable.


What is Section 371 of the IPC?

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What is section 373?

IPC Section 373: Buying minors for prostitution or other purposes