SECTION 497 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Adultery

Last Updated: 01 Sep, 2023
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


Description of IPC Section 497

According to section 497 of Indian penal code, Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.

IPC 497 in Simple Words

If someone has sexual intercourse with a married woman without her husband's consent, it is considered adultery and can be punished with imprisonment for up to five years, a fine, or both; the wife will not be punished as an abettor in this case.

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Offence : Adultery

Punishment : 5 Years or Fine or Both

Cognizance : Non-Cognizable

Bail : Bailable

Triable : Magistrate First Class

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What offence is defined under IPC 497?

IPC 497 Offence: Adultery.

What is the punishment for IPC 497 Case?

The punishment for IPC 497 is 5 Years or Fine or Both.

Is IPC 497 cognizable offence or non-cognizable offence?

IPC 497 is a Non-Cognizable.

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Is IPC 497 bailable or non-bailable offence?

IPC 497 is a Bailable offence.

In what court can IPC 497 be tried?

IPC 497 is tried in the court of Magistrate First Class.

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