The work tries to exhibit the whole gamut of the Penal Law in a
systematic manner. Detailed analysis has been made of the general
principles of criminal liability and also the fundamental principles of
actus reas, mens rea, automatism, strict liability, ignorantia juris non
excusat, causation of crimes, and vicarious liability, etc. Important
relevant English case laws are included in support of those concepts.
Current judicial as well as legislative issues related to Indian Penal
Code are discussed vividly. All the amendments made recently including
the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013 with comments thereon are
incorporated in proper places.
The book catalogues almost all the important topics that are treated as
burning issues of the day, such as—euthanasia, cruelty to women, dowry
death, kidnapping, change of concept of obscenity, right to private
defence, abetment to commit suicide, etc. Critical analysis has been
made on the controversial issues like—difference between culpable
homicide and murder, constitutional validity of execution of death
sentence, expanded definition of rape, consent in rape cases, grievous
hurt and its punishment, buying or selling minor for the purpose of
prostitution, marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife,
punishment for murder by life convict etc.
The book is very much essential for the day-to-day work of a busy
practitioner as well as judges and the persons interested in the
Eastern Law House's The Indian Penal Code A Critical Commentary by Harish Chander [HB]