SECTION 96 IPC - Indian Penal Code - Things done in private defence

Last Updated: 01 Mar, 2024
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty


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  1. Description of IPC Section 96
  2. IPC 96 in Simple Words

Description of IPC Section 96

According to section 96 of Indian penal code, Nothing is an offence which is done in the exercise of the right of private defence.

IPC 96 in Simple Words

In simple words, Section 96 of the Indian Penal Code states that no offense is committed when a person acts in self-defense or in the defense of others.

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Section 96: This section defines the general right to private defence, stating that everyone has the right to defend themselves or others against any act that causes a reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm, or any act that attempts to commit theft, robbery, mischief, or criminal trespass.

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What is Section 97 of the IPC?

Section 97: Right of Private Defence of The Body and Property. Under Section 97 of the Indian Penal Code, every person has the right to defend their own body or the body of any other person against any offence affecting the human body. 24 Jun 2023

What is Section 96 to 106 of the IPC bare act?

In India, Section 96 to 106 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 provides for provisions relating to the right of Private Defence of person and property. This right can only be exercised when recourse to public authorities is not available to a person.

What is the difference between self-defence and private defence?

While self-defence primarily focuses on personal protection, private defence extends to protecting others or one's belongings. The principles of proportionality and reasonableness in using force also apply to private defence. 24 Jun 2023