Indian Penal Code 15 Offences Relating to Religion

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Indian Penal Code, 1860

Chapter – IPC 01 Introduction
Chapter – IPC 02 General Explanations
Chapter – IPC 03 Of Punishments
Chapter – IPC 04 General Exceptions
Chapter – IPC 05 Abetment
Chapter – IPC 05a Criminal Conspiracy
Chapter – IPC 06 Offences Against The State
Chapter – IPC 07 Offences Relating to the Armed Forces
Chapter – IPC 08 Offences Against Public Tranquillity
Chapter – IPC 09 Offences By or Relating to Public Servants
Chapter – IPC 09a Offences Relating to Elections
Chapter – IPC 10 Contempts of Authority of Public Servants
Chapter – IPC 11 False Evidence and Offences Against Public Justice
Chapter – IPC 12 Offences Relating to the Coin and Govt Stamps
Chapter – IPC 13 Offences Relating to Weights and Measures
Chapter – IPC 14 Offences Affecting Public Health, Safety, Convenience, Decency and Morals
Chapter – IPC 15 Offences Relating to Religion
Chapter – IPC 16 Offences Affecting the Human Body
Chapter – IPC 17 Offences Against Property
Chapter – IPC 18 Offences Relating to Documents and Property Marks
Chapter – IPC 19 Criminal Breach of Contracts of Service
Chapter – IPC 20 Offences Relating to Marriage
Chapter – IPC 20a Cruelty by Husband or Husbands Relatives
Chapter – IPC 21 Defamation
Chapter – IPC 22 Criminal Intimidation, Insult and Annoyance
Chapter – IPC 23 Attempts to Commit Offences

Chapter XV – Of Offences Relating to Religion

Section 295 – Injuring or defiling place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class

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 punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Section 295A – 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 citizens of India, 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 three years, or with fine, or with both.

Section 296 – Disturbing religious assembly

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.

Section 297 – Trespassing on burial places, etc

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 sepulchre, or any place set apart for 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.

Section 298 – Uttering words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings

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.


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