Section 188 IPC

After the Janata Curfew on Sunday, Delhi and many other states took the Centre’s advice to enforce a full lockdown in districts to contain the spread of COVID-19.


  1. The orders issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus have been framed under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which lays down punishment as per Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

  2. Section 188 IPC deals with the acts of disobedience committed against the orders passed by a public servant, lawfully empowered to pass such orders. 

  3. According to sec.188 Indian Penal Code, disobedience to the order promulgated by the public servant is an offence. 

  4. The term of punishment in the cases of IPC Section 188 differs on the basis of the gravity of the offence committed. 

Source : Indian Express

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