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;
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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