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SECTION 500 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Punishment for defamation


Last Updated: 01 May, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. IPC 500 in Simple Words
  2. IPC Section 500 related FAQs
Whoever defames another shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.



IPC 500 in Simple Words

If someone defames another person, they can be punished with up to two years of simple imprisonment, a fine, or both.


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Offence : Defamation against the President or the Vice-president or the Governor of a State or Administrator of a Union Territory or a Minister in respect of his conduct in the discharge of his public functions when instituted upon a complaint made by the Public Prosecutor


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 2 Years or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Court of Session



Offence : Defamation in any other case


Punishment : Simple Imprisonment for 2 Years or Fine or Both


Cognizance : Non-Cognizable


Bail : Bailable


Triable : Magistrate First Class






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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Section 500 of the IPC?

The IPC section 500 deals with the punishment for defamation. This section says that anyone who defames someone else will be punished by simple imprisonment of a period up to two years or a fine or both. This section allows for a maximum punishment of two years. 23 Mar 2023


Is IPC Section 509 bailable?

This section of the IPC, 509, was enacted to protect women in general. This offence is cognizable and bailable as well as not compoundable. It can be tried by any Magistrate. A person may also be sentenced to 3 years simple imprisonment, including a fine.


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What is the section of defamation?

IPC Section 499: Defamation