SECTION 376C IPC - Indian Penal Code - Sexual intercourse by person in authority [1]


Description of IPC Section 376C

According to section 376C of Indian penal code, Whoever, being?

  1. in a position of authority or in a fiduciary relationship; or
  2. a public servant; or
  3. superintendent or manager of a jail, remand home or other place of custody established by or under any law for the time being in force, or a women?s or children?s institution; or
  4. on the management of a hospital or being on the staff of a hospital, abuses such position or fiduciary relationship to induce or seduce any woman either in his custody or under his charge or present in the premises to have sexual intercourse with him, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than 5 years, but which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.


  1. In this section, ?sexual intercourse? shall mean any of the acts mentioned in clauses (a) to (d) of section 375.
  2. For the purposes of this section, Explanation 1 to section 375 shall also be applicable.
  3. ?Superintendent?, in relation to a jail, remand home or other place of custody or a women?s or children?s institution, includes a person holding any other office in such jail, remand home, place or institution by virtue of which such person can exercise any authority or control over its inmates.
  4. The expressions ?hospital? and ?women?s or children?s institution? shall respectively have the same meaning as in Explanation to sub-section (2) of section 376.

1 Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013

Offence : Sexual intercourse by a person in authority

Punishment : Rigorous Imprisonment for 5 to 10 years + Fine

Cognizance : Cognizable

Bail : Non-bailable

Triable : Court of Session

FAQ's on IPC Section 376C

What offence is defined under IPC 376C?

IPC 376C Offence: Sexual intercourse by a person in authority.

What is the punishment for IPC 376C Case?

The punishment for IPC 376C is Rigorous Imprisonment for 5 to 10 years + Fine.

Is IPC 376C cognizable offence or non-cognizable offence?

IPC 376C is a Cognizable.

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Is IPC 376C bailable or non-bailable offence?

IPC 376C is a Non-bailable offence.

In what court can IPC 376C be tried?

IPC 376C is tried in the court of Court of Session.

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