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The prevention of insults to national honour act, 1971


THE PREVENTION OF INSULTS TO NATIONAL HONOUR ACT, 1971 

 

 



No. 69 of 1971 

 

 



     

(23


rd

 December, 1971) 

(Amended by the Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2005) 

  No. 


51 

of 


2005 

   (20


th

 December, 2005) 

  

 

 



An Act to Prevent Insults to National Honour 



 

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty- second year of the Republic of India 

as follows: - 

 

1. 



SHORT TITLE AND EXTENT

 

 

(1)  



This Act may be called the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 

1971. 


 

 

(2)  



It extends to the whole of India. 

 

 



2. 

INSULT TO INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG AND CONSTITUTION OF INDIA

 

 

Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, 



mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or  

*

otherwise 

shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or 

written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India or any 

part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 

three years, or with fine, or with both. 

 

Explanation 1 – Comments expressing disapprobation or criticism of the Constitution or 



of the Indian National Flag or of any measures of the Government with a view to obtain 

an amendment of the Constitution of India or an alteration of the Indian National Flag 

by lawful means do not constitute an offence under this section. 

 

Explanation 2 – The expression, “Indian National Flag” includes any picture, painting, 



drawing or photograph, or other visible representation of the Indian National Flag, or of 

any part or parts thereof, made of any substance or represented on any substance. 

 

Explanation 3 – The expression “public place” means any place intended for use by, or 



accessible to, the public and includes any public conveyance. 

 

*

Explanation 4 -   The disrespect to the Indian National flag means and includes— 

 

(a) 


a gross affront or indignity offered to the Indian National Flag; or 

 

(b) 



dipping the Indian National Flag in salute to any person or thing; or 

 

(c) 



flying the Indian National Flag at half-mast except on occasions on which 

the Flag is flown at half-mast on public buildings in accordance with the 

instructions issued by the Government; or 

 

2

 



(d) 

using the Indian National Flag as a drapery in any form whatsoever except 

in state funerals or armed forces or other para-military forces funerals; or 

 

(e) 



#using the Indian National Flag:- 

 

(i) 



as a portion of costume, uniform or accessory of any description 

which is worn below the waist of any person; or 

(ii) 

by embroidering or printing it on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, 



undergarments or any dress material; or 

 

(f) 



putting any kind of inscription upon the Indian National Flag; or 

 

(g) 



using the Indian National Flag as a receptacle for receiving, delivering or 

carrying anything except flower petals before the Indian National Flag is 

unfurled as part of celebrations on special occasions including the 

Republic  Day or the Independence Day; or 

 

(h) 


using the Indian National Flag as covering for a statue or a monument or a 

speaker’s desk or a speaker’s platform; or 

 

(i) 


allowing the Indian National Flag to touch the ground or the floor or trail 

in water intentionally; or 

 

(j) 


draping the Indian National Flag over the hood, top, and sides or back or 

on a vehicle, train, boat or an aircraft or any other similar object; or 

 

(k) 


using the Indian National Flag as a covering for a building; or 

 

(l) 



intentionally displaying the Indian National Flag with the “saffron” down. 

 

3.        

PREVENTION OF SINGING OF NATIONAL ANTHEM

 



 

         Whoever  intentionally  prevents the singing of the Indian National Anthem or 

causes disturbances to any assembly engaged in such singing shall be punished with 

imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. 

 

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3A       

MINIMUM PENALTY ON SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE

 

 

       Whoever having already been convicted of an offence under section 2 or section 3 

is again convicted of any such offence shall be punishable for the second and for every 

subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term, which shall not be less than one year. 

Note 1:  

*  

Inserted vide The Prevention of Insults to National Honour 



(Amendment) Act, 2003 (No. 31 of 2003 dated 8.5.2003) 

Note 2: 


# Inserted vide The Prevention of Insults to National Honour 

(Amendment) Act, 2005 (No. 51 of 2005 dated 20.12.2005) 


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