Bharti AXA INSURANCE GLOSSARY Defamation Defamation The section 499 of the Indian Penal Code defines defamation as any action through which a person intends to harm the reputation of another person, company, association or a collection of persons thereof. This defamation could be through words spoken or written, through signs or any other visible representation. The words must be spoken to someone other than the person who is defamed. An imputation presented in form of an ironic statement could also be defamatory in nature. Opinions that are true or expressed in good faith are not considered defamatory. In India, defamation can be treated both as a criminal offence and a civil wrong. The remedy for civil wrong is covered under the Law of Torts and is limited to monetary compensation. In case of a criminal offence, the remedy may include both jail time and a monetary compensation. According to Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code: “Whoever defames another shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.” The standard of proof for criminal offence and civil wrong is different as well. In case of criminal offense, the proof of guilt must be beyond a reasonable doubt. In case of civil offense, the proof is considered sufficient if it is significantly more likely that something occurred in a certain way. Request Call Back Category * - Select -CarTwo WheelerHealthTravelPersonal Accident Buy Renew Claim submit Related Posts Disclaimer : The information published on this website is for the public's reference only. Content of this information is to provide an overview of your Travel needs and should not be relied upon for personal, medical, legal or financial decisions and you should consult an appropriate professional for specific advice. Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Limited makes no representations about the suitability, reliability, timeliness, and accuracy of the information, travel, services, or any other items mentioned on this subject for any purpose whatsoever.