Criminal Law

Law against Theft

The Punishment for the offence of Theft is defined under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code which states that anyone who commits theft will be pun¬ished with imprisonment of either for a term which can be extended to a period of three years either with fine, or with both.

Section-378 - Theft has been defined as the act of taking any immovable property with a dishonest intent and without the consent of the owner of such property. The Section further provides in the explanations given that any object attached to the earth would be considered as an immovable property hence it could not be a subject of theft but once it is removed from the earth it would become a movable property and could be stolen.

What is Theft?

Theft is defined under the Section 378 of The Indian Penal Code as, any person intending to take any movable property without honesty, out of the possession of any person without that individual’s consent, moves that property in order to such taking is said to commit theft.

What happens when Theft is done after the preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the offence?

Any person who commits theft after having made preparations for causing death, or hurt, or restraint, or fear of death, or of hurt, or of re¬straint, to any person, in order to the committing of such theft, or in order to the effecting of his escape after the committing of such theft, or in order for retaining of such property taken by such an offence will be punished with a rigorous imprisonment for a term which can be extend to ten years, and the person will also be liable to fine.

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