Supreme Court expands the boundaries of right to self-defence

Published by August 11, 2016 | 4:14 am

New Delhi: Expanding the scope of right to self-defence, the Supreme Court has ruled that a person will be right in taking law into his hands if he witnessed his parents or relatives are being assaulted.

The significant judgement has come during the hearing in the case of two persons who had been convicted by the trial court for assaulting some of their neighbours in the villagers. They both were convicted and awarded rigorous imprisonment for two years by the Rajasthan High Court.

The landmark order was passed by a bench comprised of Justice Dipak Mishra and Justice Shiva Kirti. The Court not only acquitted them on the argument that they resorted to violence when they saw their father was beaten up by the villagers and later died of injuries.

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