Top 10 Popular Indian Penal Code (Sections) in India

Top 10 Popular Indian Penal Code (Sections) in India

  1. 302 : If you were ever a movie buff, you would recall it in a second. Its for “Punishment of Murder”. Maximum punishment is death. It is cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable.
  2.  420 : It is for cheating and dishonesty. Maximum imprisonment is 7 years. It is cognizable, non-bailable and compoundable (Will Explain Later).
  3. 144 : Joining unlawful assembly with armed weapon (Jhadu not counted however,recall AAP rallies). Maximum punishment is Fine & Imprisonment for 2 years. It is cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable.
  4.  354 : This Section is undergoing changes and is related to Sexual Harassment of Women (not Men). The latest modification is 354D which is related to Stalking. The maximum imprisonment is 3 years for 1st conviction. It is cognizable, bailable and compoundable.
  5. 376 : Punishment for Rape of Women (not Men). Requires considerable changes and punishment varies.
  6. 377 : Unnatural offences for eg. Homosexuality. This was recently in news. Maximum imprisonment is Life imprisonment. It is cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable.
  7. 497 : Adultery . If a man has sexual intercourse with wife of other Man, he has committed adultery (even if women is abettor). Wife is not punishable. Imprisonment is 5 years. It is non-cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable.
  8.  498A : Dowry law. Maximum punishment is 3 years for Husband or family members with hefty fines. It is Cognizable, non-compoundable and non-bailable. The conviction rate is 2% as most cases are false.
  9. 509 : Gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of Women (not Men). Imprisonment is 3 years with fine. It is Cognizable, bailable and compoundable.

     10. 510 : Misconduct by drunken person. It is comical because fine is 10 rupees +/or imprisonment for 1 day. It is non-cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable.

*Cognizable : Police officer can arrest without warrant.
*Bailable : Whether bail is possible or not.
*Compoundable : Any committed crime, which can be settled by making up for damages.