Criminal Trident Pack: IPC, CrPC and IEA by Sr. Adv. G.S Shukla and Adv. Raghav Arora
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MEANING OF RAPE-SC JUDGMENT


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The offence of rape occurs in Chapter XVI of IPC. It is an offence affecting the human body. In that Chapter, there is a separate heading for ’Sexual offence’, which encompasses Sections 375, 376, 376- A, 376-B, 376-C, and 376-D. ’Rape’ is defined in Section 375. Sections 375 and 376 have been substantially changed by Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1983, and several new sections were introduced by the new Act, i.e. 376-A, 376-B, 376-C and 376-D. The fact that sweeping changes were introduced reflects the legislative intent to curb with iron hand, the offence of rape which affects the dignity of a woman. The offence of rape in its simplest term is ’the ravishment of a woman, without her consent, by force, fear or fraud’, or as ’the carnal knowledge of a woman by force against her will’. ’Rape’ or ’Raptus’ is when a man hath carnal knowledge of a woman by force and against her will (Co. Litt. #pdf

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