Indian Penal Code 23 Attempts to Commit Offences

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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 XXIII – Of Attempts to Commit Offences

Section 511 – Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment

Whoever attempts to commit an offence punishable by this Code with imprisonment for life or imprisonment, or to cause such an offence to be committed, and in such attempt does any act towards the commission of the offence, shall, where no express provision is made by this Code for the punishment of such attempt, be punished with imprisonment of any description provided for the offence, for a term which may extend to one – half of the imprisonment for life or, as the case may be, one – half of the longest term of imprisonment provided for that offence, or with such fine as is provided for the offence, or with both.


  1. A makes an attempt to steal some jewels by breaking open a box, and finds after so opening the box, that there is no jewel in it. He has done an act towards the commission of theft, and therefore is guilty under this section.
  2. A makes an attempt to pick the pocket of Z by thrusting his hand into Z – s pocket. A fails in the attempt in consequence of Z – s having nothing in his pocket. A is guilty under this section.

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Indian Penal Code Chapter 23 Attempts to Commit Offences Bare Act