Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code

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According to section 376:

  1. A perpetrator of sexual assault shall be imprisoned for at least 10 years.
  2. There are special provisions in cases of aggravated assault:
    • If the accused is a police officer within the limits of the police station to which he is ap­pointed; or in the premises of any station house; or commits the crime on a woman in his custody or in the custody of a police officer subordinate to him
    • If the accused is a public servant, takes advantage of his official position and commits rape on a woman in his custody or in the custody of a public servant subordinate to him
    • If the accused is on the management or a staff of a jail, remand home or other places of custody, or of a woman’s or children’s insti­tution takes advantage of his official position and commits rape on any inmate of of that institution
    • If the accused is on the management or a staff of a hospital, takes advantage of his official position and commits rape on a woman in that hospital
    • If the victim is pregnant
    • If the victim is under twelve years of age
    • If the accused is part of a group that committed gang rape

    then the accused will be punished with rigorous imprisonment for at least ten years. When a woman is gang-raped, each of the accused will be considered to have committed an aggravated assault.