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THE INDIAN PENAL CODE, 1860

Title : THE INDIAN PENAL CODE, 1860

Year : 1860



Whoever destroys, damages or defiles any place of worship, or any object held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of thereby insulting the religion of any class of persons or with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion, shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

295A - 1* Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs

Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of 2*[citizens of India], 3*[by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise], insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 4*[three years], or with fine, or with both.]

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1. Inserted by Act 25 of 1927, section 2.

2. Substituted by the A.O. 1950, for "His Majesty's subjects".

3. Substituted by Act 41 of 1961, section 3, for certain words (w.e.f. 27-9-1961).

4. Substituted by Act 41 of 1961, section 3, for "two years" (w.e.f. 27-9-1961).

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Whoever voluntarily causes disturbance to any assembly lawfully engaged in the performance of religious worship, or religious ceremonies, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.



Whoever, with the intention of wounding the feelings of any person, or of insulting the religion of any person, or with the knowledge that the feelings of any person are likely to be wounded, or that the religion of any person is likely to be insulted thereby,
commits any trespass in any place of worship or on any place of sculpture, or any place set apart from the performance of funeral rites or as a depository for the remains of the dead, or offers any indignity to any human corpse, or causes disturbance to any persons assembled for the performance of funeral ceremonies,
shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.



Whoever, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person or makes any gesture in the sight of that person or places, any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

STATE AMENDMENTS

1*State of Andhra Pradesh

In Andhra Pradesh offence under section 298 is cognizable.

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1. Vide A.P.G.O. Ms. No. 732, dated 5th December, 1991.

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Last updated on July, 2016

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