Section 18 BNS – Section 18 of New Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita

Section 18 BNS or Section 18 of Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita talks about “Accident in doing a lawful act.

Section 18 of BNS is part of CHAPTER III GENERAL EXCEPTIONS in Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023 Act

Definition of Section 18 BNS

Nothing is an offence which is done by accident or misfortune, and without any criminal intention or knowledge in the doing of a lawful act in a lawful manner by lawful means and with proper care and caution.


A is at work with a hatchet; the head flies off and kills a man who is standing by. Here, if there was no want of proper caution on the part of A, his act is excusable and not an offence.

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