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Neglect in Childbirth and Concealing of Dead Body

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Sec. 271. Every woman is guilty of an indictable offence who with either of the intents hereinafter mentioned, being with child and being about to be delivered, neglects to provide reasonable assistance in her delivery, if the child is permanently injured thereby, or dies, either just before or during, or shortly after birth, unless she proves that such death or permanent injury was not caused by such neglect, or by any wrongful act to which she was party, and is liable –

(a) If the intent of such neglect be that the child shall not live, to imprisonment for life.

(b) If the intent of such neglect be to conceal the fact of her having had a child, to imprisonment for seven years.

Sec. 272. Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to two years’ imprisonment who disposes of the dead body of any child in any manner, with intent to conceal the fact that its mother was delivered of it, whether the child died before or during, or after birth.

Sec. 306. Every one is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life who causes the death of any child which has not become a human being, in such a manner that he would have been guilty of murder if such child had been born.

(2) No one is guilty of any offence who by means which he in good faith considers necessary for the preservation of the life of the mother of the child, causes death of any such child before or during birth.

 

 
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