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Section 32 – Indian Penal Code (IPC)


Indian Penal Code (IPC)


Section 32. Words referring to acts include illegal omissions


In every part of this Code, except where a contrary intention appears from the context, words which refer to acts done extend also to ille­gal omissions.




Attempt to murder – illegal omission


The appellant and his wife’s relation were strained, she was deliberately starved and was not allowed to leave the house and only sometimes a morsel of bread or grass husk mixed in water after five or six days used to be given. One day availing the opportunity, she went out of the house and manage to reach to the hospital where doctor found her condition critical and informed the police. It was held by the Supreme Court that the appellant’s husband liable under section 307 for attempt to commit murder of his wife, by deliberately and systematically starving her for days together by depriving her of the food necessary for human existence. The act amounts to intentional act of attempt to murder; Om Prakash v. State of Punjab, AIR 1961 SC 1782.



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