Sections 503 to 511

THE INDIAN PENAL CODE, 1860


CONTENTS


CHAPTER XXII

OF CRIMINAL INTIMIDATION, INSULT
AND ANNOYANCE



503. Criminal intimidation



504. Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace



505. Statement conducing to public mischief.



Statements creating or
promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes



Offence under
sub-section (2) committed in place of worship, etc



506. Punishment
for criminal intimidation



If threat be to cause
death or grievous hurt, etc.



507. Criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication



508. Act caused by inducing person to believe that he will be rendered
an object of the Divine displeasure



509. Word,
gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman



510. Misconduct in public by a drunken person



CHAPTER XXIII



OF ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT OFFENCES



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



CHAPTER XXII



OF CRIMINAL
INTIMIDATION, INSULT AND ANNOYANCE



503. Criminal intimidation: -


Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.



Explanation—A threat to
inure the reputation of any deceased person in whom the person threatened is
interested, is within this section.



Illustration



A, for the purpose of inducing B to desist from prosecuting a civil suit, threatens to burn B’s
house. A is guilty of criminal intimidation.



504. Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace: -- Whoever intentionally insults, and thereby gives provocation to any person, intending or knowing it to be likely that such provocation will cause him to break the public peace, or to commit any other offence, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.



1[505. Statements conducing to public mischief: --



2[(1)] Whoever makes, publishes or
circulates any statement, rumour or report, -



(a) With intent to cause, or which is likely
to cause, any officer, soldier, 3[sailor
or airman] in the Army, 4[Navy
or Air Force] 5[of India] to
mutiny or otherwise disregard or fail in his duty as such; or



(b) With intent to cause, or which is likely
to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby
any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the
public tranquility; or



(c) With intent to incite, or which is likely
to incite, any class or community or persons to commit any offence against any
other class or community;



Shall be punished with
imprisonment which may extend to 6[three years], or with fine, or with both.



7[(2) Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will
between classes
: - Whoever makes, publishes or circulates any
statement or report containing rumour or alarming news with intent to create or
promote, or which is likely to create or promote, on grounds of religion, race,
place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground
whatsoever, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious,
racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities, shall be punished
with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.



(3) Offence under sub-section (2) committed in place of worship,
etc.
: -- Whoever commits an offence specified in sub-section (2) in
any place of worship or in an assembly engaged in the performance or religious
worship or religious ceremonies, shall be punished with imprisonment which may
extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine.]



Exception—It does not amount
to an offence, within the meaning of this section, when the person making, publishing
or circulating any such statement, rumour or report, has reasonable grounds for
believing that such statement, rumour or report is true and makes, publishes or
circulates it 7[in good faith
and] without any such intent as aforesaid.]



1. Subs. by Act 4 of 1898, s. 6, for the
original section.



2. Section 505 was renumbered as
sub-section (1) of that section by Act 35 of 1969, sec. 3.



3. Subs. by Act 10 of 1927, s. 2 and Sch.
I, for “or sailor”.



4. Subs. by s. 2 and Sch. I, ibid., for “or
Navy”.



5. Subs. by the A.O. 1950 for “of Her
Majesty or in the Imperial Service Troops”. The words “or in the Royal Indian
Marine” occurring after the word “Majesty” were omitted by Act 35 of 1934, s. 2
and Sch.



6.
Subs. by Act 41 of 1961, s. 4, for
“two years”.



7.
Ins. by Act 35 of 1969, s. 3.



506. Punishment for criminal intimidation: --Whoever commits, the
offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either
description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both;



If threat be to
cause death or grievous hurt, etc.
: --and if the threat be to cause death or grievous
hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an
offence punishable with death or 1[imprisonment
for life], or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or
to impute, unchastity to a woman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either
description for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with
both.



STATE AMENDMENT



State of Uttar Pradesh:



—Imprisonment of
7 years, or fine or both—Cognizable—Non-bailable—Triable by Magistrate of the
first class—Non-compoundable.



Vide
Notification No.777/VIII 9-4(2)—87, dated 31st July, 1989, Published
in U.P. Gazette, Extra., Pt. A, sec. (kha), dated 2nd August, 1989.



1. Subs. by Act 26 of 1955, sec.117 and
sch., for “transportation for life) (w.e.f. 1-1-1956).



507. Criminal intimidation by
an anonymous communication
: - Whoever commits the offence of criminal intimidation by an
anonymous communication, or having taken precaution to conceal the name or
abode of the person form whom the threat comes, shall be punished with
imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, in
addition to the punishment provided for the offence by the last preceding
section.



508. Act caused by inducing
person to believe that he will be rendered an object of the Divine displeasure
: - Whoever voluntarily
causes or attempts to cause any person to do anything which that person is not
legally bound to do, or to omit to do anything which he is legally entitled to
do, by inducing or attempting to induce that person to believe that he or any
person in whom he is interested will become or will be rendered by some act of
the offender an object of Divine displeasure if he does not do the thing which
it is the object of the offender to cause him to do, or if he does the thing
which it is the object of the offender to cause him to omit, shall be punished
with imprisonment of either description for a tem which may extend to one year,
or with fine, or with both.



509. Word, gesture or act
intended to insult the modesty of a woman
:- Whoever, intending to insult the modesty
of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any
object, intending that such word or sound shall be heard, of that such gesture
or object shall be seen, by such woman, or intrudes upon the privacy of such
woman, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend
to one year, or with fine, or with both.



510. Misconduct in public
by a drunken person
:--Whoever, in a state of
intoxication, appears in any public place, or in any place, or in any place
which it is a trespass in him to enter, and there conducts himself in such a
manner as to cause annoyance to any person, shall be punished with simple
imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty-four hours, or with fine
which may extend to ten rupees, or with both.



CHAPTER XXIII



OF ATTEMPTS TO
COMMIT OFFENCES



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 1[imprisonment
for life] or imprisonment, or to cause such an offence to be committed, and in
such attempts 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 2[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. Subs. by Act 26 of 1955, s. 117 and
Sch., for “transportation for life” (w.e.f. 1-1-1956).



2. Subs. by Act 26 of 1955, sec. 117 and
Sch., for certain original words (w.e.f. 1-1-1956).

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