Right to Self-Defence

Last contribution by Ibadat Bakshi on 19 Nov 2022

You might catch yourself in a situation of imminent danger to yourself or others around you. It is crucial to know your rights in such a situation to take swift action. If you are interested in knowing your personal rights then keep reading on this faqtsheet

Updated on : 2022-11-19 20:03:45

Ibadat Bakshi

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What can I do if someone attacks me?

The law gives people a right of self-defence called private defence in case of physical... Read More

The law gives people a right of self-defence called private defence in case of physical attack or an apprehesnion of the same

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What does the law say about self-defence?

The right of self-defence is included in the Indian Penal Code sections 96–106 Read More

The right of self-defence is included in the Indian Penal Code sections 96–106

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What if I think someone is going to attack me?

Apprehension is included in the right to self-defence Read More

Apprehension is included in the right to self-defence

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What are the restrictions on self-defence?

There is no right of self-defence- Against the acts of a public servant; and Against... Read More

There is no right of self-defence-

  • Against the acts of a public servant; and
  • Against the acts of those acting under their authority or direction;
  • Where there is sufficient time for recourse to public authorities; and
  • The amount of harm that may be caused shall in no case be in excess of harm that may be necessary for the purpose of defence
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What if someone dies because of my self-defence?

In the following instances, death can be an acceptable consequence in the name of self-defence-... Read More

In the following instances, death can be an acceptable consequence in the name of self-defence- *Assault that may cause apprehension of- *

  • death
  • grievous hurt
  • committing rape
  • gratifying unnatural lust
  • kidnapping or abducting
  • wrongful confinement
  • Throwing or administering acid or an attempt in this direction
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What if someone abuses me verbally?

The law protects people against all kinds of abuse, including verbal abuse. Chapter 22 of... Read More

The law protects people against all kinds of abuse, including verbal abuse. Chapter 22 of IPC deals with criminal intimidation, insult and annoyance. Section 294 is against obscene acts and songs and holds people accountable for their misconduct. This section holds that verbal abuse needn’t happen in a public place for it to qualify as an offence

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Does my right to defend extend to others’ defence?

The Indian Penal Code says that the right to defend extends to others’ defence and... Read More

The Indian Penal Code says that the right to defend extends to others’ defence and to own and others’ property

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What if someone attacks my property?

The right to private defence extends to property and the following conditions are essentials to... Read More

The right to private defence extends to property and the following conditions are essentials to exercise the right when-a person commits-

  • Robbery
  • Housebreaking at night
  • Mischief by fire on any building, tent or vessel, which building, tent or vessel is used as a human dwelling, or as a place for the custody of property
  • Theft, mischief or house-trespass that may cause a reasonable apprehension of death or grievous hurt
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