Section 326 B of the Indian Penal Code

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The Section 326 B in the Indian Penal Code lays down the punishment for attempted acid throwing. The minimum punishment is 5 years' imprisonment. It can extend up to 7 years' imprisonment with fine. A separate law to punish offenders in such cases was passed along with amendment of law on sexual offences.[1] Such a legislation in line with the laws in other countries like Bangladesh was demanded by various sections of the society for a long time.[2]


326B: Whoever throws or attempts to throw acid on any person or attempts to administer acid to any person, or attempts to use any other means, with the intention of causing permanent of partial damage or deformity of burns or maiming or disfigurement or disability or grievous hurt to that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for aterm which shall not be less than five years, but which may extent to seven years and also be liable to fine.

Explanation 1.- For the purposes of section 326 A and this section, "acid" includes any substance which has acidic or corrosive character or burning nature, that is capable of causing bodily injury leading to scars or disfigurement or temporary or permanent disability.

Explanation 2.- For the purposes of section 326 A and this section, permanent or partial damage or deformity shall not be required to be irreversible.'.

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  1. ^ Rama, Lakshmi (27 August 2013). "News World news India India is taking acid attacks more seriously". Guardian Weekly. The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Madhavi (5 February 2012). "Separate laws for acid attacks needed". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 August 2014.

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