as per Indian Penal Code, what is the difference between a simple & rigorous imprisonment ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Indian Penal Code, 1860 provides five types of punishment that can be awarded if a person found guilty of any offence these are as provided under section 53 of the code the punishments to which offenders are liable under the provisions of this Code are-


    [Secondly-Imprisonment for life;]

    Thirdly [Omitted by the Act 17 of 1949]

    Fourthly-Imprisonment, which is of two descriptions, namely: -

    (1) Rigorous, that is, with hard labour;

    (2) Simple;

    Fifthly:-Forfeiture of property;


    Here rigorous imprisonment means it has to be served doing hard labour where as in simple imprisonment no hard labour is required to be done by the prisoner. In certain offences where both simple & rigorous imprisonment can be awarded, the court can decide which one has to be given as section 60 of IPC provides Sentence may be (in certain cases of imprisonment) wholly or partly rigorous or simple

    In every case in which an offender is punishable with imprisonment which may be of either description, it shall be competent to the Court which sentences such offender to direct in the sentence that such imprisonment shall be wholly rigorous, or that such imprisonment shall be wholly simple, or that any part of such imprisonment shall be rigorous and the rest simple.

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  • 1 decade ago

    As per Indian Penal Code 1860 which was enacted by the British Parliament when India was under their regime, the simple imprisonment counts from one month period to life term but in rigorous imprisonment, it means a person has been awarded a sentence by the court to perform some hard working during the tenure of his imprisonment like cutting iron, stones and other kind of heavy work.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Rigorous Imprisonment

  • 1 decade ago

    As per Indian Penal Code there is lot of difference between a simple & regorous imprisonment

    an simple prisoner lives his life in custody normally and nothing is to be bothered but a r/i have face much difficulties in the prison he have to do some hard works like as labour works in factories situated in the campuis of prison and in liew of that a little payment is made to him. Further the simple prisoner is to be released by the local authorties and than he may be called as a good citizen but a r/i is called bad charator always...... however is it fact that he granted some reliefs from the authorities like as DGP, Governor etc. and further details you may contact me on my id at

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