New law passed - Section 233 of Indian Penal Code, allowing a potential rapist to be killed

Fake news claim: A message viral on social media claiming “New law passed - Section 233 of Indian Penal Code, allowing a potential rapist to be killed”  

Examples of viral posts in circulation on Social Media like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

News Alert: Finally a new law passed by MODI JI Govt today. As per Indian Penal Code 233. If a girl is suspected to be raped or getting raped, then she has the supreme right to kill the man, or harm that person as dangerously and girl won’t be blamed for murder. Tell as many as you can its your power to create awareness. Share this as many as you can 

  1. What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she prepares to enter a lift in a High Rise apartment late at night …?????

Experts Say : Enter the lift ……… If you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that stops on every floor.

  1. What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house, run into the kitchen.

 Experts Say : You alone know where the chili powder and turmeric are kept. And where the knives and plates are. All these can be turned into deadly weapons. If nothing else, start throwing plates and utensils all over. Let them break. Scream… Remember that noise is the greatest enemy of a molester. He does not want to be caught. 

  1. Taking an Auto or Taxi at Night. 

Experts Say : Before getting into an auto at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile to call your family or friend and pass on the details to them in the language the driver understands. Even if no one answers your call, pretend you are in a conversation. The driver now knows someone has his details and he will be in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. He is now bound to take you home safe and sound. A potential attacker is now your de facto protector. 

  1. What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed too and you feel you are entering a danger zone … 

Experts Say : Use the handle of your purse or your stole (dupatta) to wrap around his neck and pull him back. Within seconds, he will feel choked and helpless. In case you don’t have a purse or stole just pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would then do the same trick. 

  1. If you are stalked at night … 

Expert Say : enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night and shops are not open, go inside an ATM box. ATM centers always have close circuit television. Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you. 

After all, being mentally alert is the greatest weapon you can ever have. 

Please spread it to all those women u care & spread awareness as this is the least we can do for a social & moral cause and for the safety of our women. 

Guys please forward it to your MOMS … SISTERS … WIVES and female FRIENDS …… Better safe than sorry friends. Plzz frwrd to all GIRLS u know…..?

To All the WOMEN 

Facts Check Verdict: False

News Verification: The message claiming Section 233 provides rights to any woman to kill her rapist is totally wrong. The message is highly viral on social media platforms like WhatsApp etc. The message is viral since 2012.

In the wake of several brutal rapes across the country – including the horrible Hyderabad rape and murder case where 26-year-old vet, Priyanka Reddy was brutally assaulted and then burnt–the message has once again resurfaced. It claims that one ‘Section 233’ of the Indian Penal Code has been amended to give women the right to kill someone who tries to rape her.

Section 233 deals with the counterfeiting of currency. IPC Section 233 relates to counterfeiting currency and says 'Whoever makes or buys, sells or disposes of any die or instrument for the purpose of counterfeiting coin, shall be punished with imprisonment and shall also be liable to a fine.

IPC Section 96 to 106 of the penal code states the law relating to the right of private defense of person and property. ... The body may be one's own body or the body of another person and likewise, the property may be movable or immovable and may be of oneself or of any other person. Self-help is the first rule of criminal law.

About The Author

Chetan Sharma is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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