Indian Penal Code (IPC)
Section 298. Uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person
Whoever, with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person, utters any word or makes any sound in the hearing of that person or makes any gesture in the sight of that person or places any object in the sight of that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.
CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENCE
Punishment—Imprisonment for 1 year, or fine, or both—Non-cognizable—Bailable—Triable by any Magistrate—Compounded by the person whose religious feelings are intended to be wounded.
In Andhra Pradesh offence under section 298 is cognizable.
[Vide A.P.G.O. Ms. No. 732, dated 5th December, 1991].