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IPC - SECTION 153B - Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-intergration


(1) Whoever, by words either spoken or written or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise,
(a) makes or publishes any imputation that any class of persons cannot, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established or uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, or
(b) asserts, counsels, advises, propagates or publishes that any class of persons shall, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, be denied, or deprived of their rights as citizens of India, or
(c) makes or publishes and assertion, counsel, plea or appeal concerning the obligation of any class of persons, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, and such assertion, counsel, plea or appeal causes or is likely to cause disharmony or feelings of enmity or hatred or ill-will between such members and other persons, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
(2) Whoever commits an offence specified in sub-section (1) in any place of worship or in any assembly engaged in the performance of religious worship or religious ceremonies, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine.
CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENCE
Para I: Punishment - Imprisonment for 3 years, or fine, or both - Cognizable - Non-bailable - Triable by Magistrate of the first class - Non-compoundable. Para II: Punishment - Imprisonment for 5 years, and fine - Cognizable - Non-bailable - Triable by Magistrate of the first class - Non-compoundable.

Description : IPC - SECTION 153B - Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-intergration


This section punishes imputations and assertions etc. which are prejudicial to national integration, and it was added by the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1972. The offence under this section is cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable, and is triable by Metropolitan Magistrate or Magistrate of the first class.



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