Principle: a Person is Said to Have Committed Assault When Apprehension is Caused in the Mind of a Person that He is About to Use Physical Force Against His Body. - Legal Reasoning

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Principle: A person is said to have committed assault when apprehension is caused in the mind of a person that he is about to use physical force against his body.

Facts: 'A' abuses 'B' while he was sitting in a moving train, by aggressively shaking his fists when 'B' was standing on the railway platform at a distance.


  • 'A' has caused fear of assault in the mind of 'B'.

  • 'A' has committed assault against 'B'.

  • A has not committed assault against 'B'.

  • 'A' has caused apprehension of assault in the mind of 'B'.

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A has not committed assault against 'B'.


Mere words do not amount to an assault. Here in the above-noted problem B was standing at a distance.  For the assault, there must be minimum touching body of A. The reasonable conclusion drawn A has not committed assault against B. Hence "A has not committed assault against 'B'" is correct. 

Concept: Study of Law (Entrance Exams)
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