Revisiting the concept of Reasonable Apprehension of Death or Grievous Hurt in Private Defence Cases: Perspective from Indian Jurisprudence

  • Dwij Raj Ranghar and Dr Bhawna Arora
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  • Dwij Raj Ranghar

    Student at Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

  • Dr Bhawna Arora

    Associate Professor at Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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The concept of the right to private defence is based on the notion that every person has an inalienable right to defend themselves against an unauthorised aggressor by using efficient self-defence and that no one is expected to flee when their life, limb, or property is in danger but to take revenge instead. It is based on the broad idea that when someone tries to commit a crime using force, it is acceptable to resist them in self-defence. The ability to legally inflict harm on another person when necessary—that is, when a man finds himself in a situation where he faces immediate danger—is known as the right to private defence. When it comes to defending his life, the life of another, or his property against serious harm, he thinks that striking is appropriate. The private right to defend oneself or one's property only arises in cases of justified fear of injury. A real concern that something will happen to one's body or belongings results from an attempt or threat to commit the crime. Anxiety levels should be in line with what a normal person would feel at the crucial point. Superstitious worries, however, would remain unabated. Therefore, even though the right to self-defence is acknowledged, using it depends on whether or not one believes that there is an immediate threat.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 1771 - 1779


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