Criminal Law Videos - Voluntarily causing hurt with weapon


This section punishes voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means. It says that except in cases stated in section 334, whoever voluntarily causes hurt by means of any instrument for shooting, stabbing, or cutting, or by any instrument which can be used as a weapon of offence and when so used is likely to cause death, or by means of fire or any heated substance, or by means of any poison or corrosive substance, or by means of any explosive substance, or by means of any substance which is deleterious to the human body to inhale, to swallow or to receive into the blood, or by means of any animal, shall be punished with simple or rigorous imprisonment for a term extending up to three years, or with fine, or with both.

Where hurt was caused by dangerous weapon, and though the injuries inflicted were somewhat serious an offence under section 307 for attempt to commit murder was not made out, it was held that the proper conviction would be under section 324 of the Code.

Where the accused gave one blow on the head of the seventy year old deceased by a spade lying on the spot in the course of an altercation and the blow caused linear fracture of the left frontal bone, it was held that the accused should be convicted under section 324 and not under section 326 of the Code.

The offence under section 324 is cognizable, bailable and compoundable, and is triable by any magistrate.