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SECTION 73 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Solitary confinement


Last Updated: 01 Mar, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 73
  2. IPC 73 in Simple Words

Description of IPC Section 73

According to section 73 of Indian penal code, Whenever any person is convicted of an offence for which under this Code the Court has power to sentence him to rigorous imprisonment, the Court may, by its sentence, order that the offender shall be kept in solitary confinement for any portion or portions of the imprisonment to which he is sentenced, not exceeding three months in the whole, according to the following scale, that is to say:
a time not exceeding one month if the term of imprisonment shall not exceed six months;
a time not exceeding two months if the term of imprisonment shall exceed six months and shall not exceed one year;
a time not exceeding three months if the term of imprisonment shall exceed one year.



IPC 73 in Simple Words

In simple words, if a person is convicted of an offense punishable with rigorous imprisonment, the court can order solitary confinement for up to one month if the total imprisonment is up to six months, up to two months if the imprisonment is more than six months but less than one year, and up to three months if the imprisonment is for more than one year.

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What is Section 73 of IPC?

IPC Section 73 states that - any person who is convicted for an offence such that the court has the power to punish the offender for rigorous imprisonment then, the court can pass the order to keep the offender in solitary confinement for a certain term.

What is Section 73 offence?

What is Section 73 offence?

What is Section 74 of the IPC?

IPC Section 74 states that - Whenever the offender is punished for solitary confinement, the offender will be executed such that the duration of solitary confinement shall not exceed the term of 14 days in one month.

What is the maximum limit of solitary confinement?

Limit of Solitary Confinement: Solitary confinement in any sentence can be awarded not more than 14 days at a time for a maximum of 3 months. It must be awarded in intervals and periods . If imprisonment exceeds 3 months then solitary confinement should not exceed 7 days in a month.