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Principle: Whoever Attempts to Commit an Offense Punishable by the Indian Penal Code and in Such Attempt Does Any Act Towards the Commission of the Offense - Legal Reasoning

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MCQ

The question consists of legal propositions/ principles (hereinafter referred to as 'principle') and facts. These principles have to be applied to the given facts to arrive at the most reasonable conclusion.

Principle: Whoever attempts to commit an offense punishable by the Indian Penal Code and in such attempt does any act towards the commission of the offense, shall be punished. Stealing is an offense punishable by the Indian Penal Code.

Facts: A makes an attempt to steal some jewels by breaking open a box and after so opening the box, finds that there is no jewel in it.

Options

  • A has committed no offense

  • A has committed the offense of stealing

  • A has attempted to commit the offense of stealing

  • None of the above

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Solution

A has attempted to commit the offense of stealing

Explanation:

According to the ruling principle of the Indian Penal Code, anyone who attempts to commit an offense and in such attempt does something towards the commission of the offense shall be punished.  
Thus in the case presented before us 'A' in an attempt to steal jewels from the box, opened the box and this commissioned an act. Toward, the attempt of stealing.  So 'A' is liable to be punished in the eyes of law. 

Concept: Criminal Law
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