What law has to say when you cross the Lakshman Rekha?


Following are the laws which create a liability, if regulations of lockdown are not followed:

Under IPC

1. Section 188

- Refusal to obey regulations made by a public servant, resulting in obstruction or injury or annoyance, punishable with imprisonment up to one month or Rs. 200 fine or both.

- If such disobedience cause danger to life, health and safety, punishable with imprisonment up to 6 months or Rs. 1000 fine or both.

- Cognizable and bailable offence.

2. Section 269

- Person negligently doing an act which is known to likely spread any infection or any disease dangerous to life.

- Punishable for imprisonment of up to 6 months or fine or both.

- Cognizable and bailable offence.

3. Section 271

- Knowingly disobeying any quarantine rule.

- Punishable with imprisonment up to 6 months or fine or both

- Non-cognizable offence. 

Under Disaster Management Act

1. Section 51(b)

- Refusal to comply with any direction from the State or the Central government.

- Punishable with imprisonment of up to 1 year or fine or both.

- Such refusal if causes loss of life or danger, punishable with imprisonment of up to 2 years.

2. Section 54

- Circulation of false alarm leading to panic among people.

- Punishable with imprisonment up to 1 year or fine.

3. Section 55

- Offence committed by any department of government, the head of such department will be held liable.

- If such an act was committed with the consent or knowledge of any other officer other than the head, such officer will be held liable.

4. Section 56

- When any officer ceases to perform the duty imposed on him or withdraws himself without any lawful excuse.

- Punishable with imprisonment of up to 1 year or fine.

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