Indecent Representation Of Women

The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act,1986

No. of Sections :


Enforcement Date:

2nd October, 1987

Assent of President & Publication date :

23rd December, 1986





✔ This act was enacted by the Parliament in 37th year of the Republic of India.
✔ The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 (Act 60 of 1986)



Section 1:

Short Title

The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986


Whole of India The words "except the State of Jammu & Kashmir" were omitted by Act 34 of 2019 (w.e.f 31-10-2019)

Commencement of the Act

2nd October, 1987

Section 2: Definitions

Section 2(a): "Advertisement"- Includes

✔ Notice
✔ Circular
✔ Label
✔ Wrapper
✔ Or any other document
✔ Visible representation by
means of-
💡 Light
🔊 Sound
🌪 Smoke
🧯 Or Gas

Section 2(b): "Distribution"- Includes

✔ By way of: samples (Whether free or otherwise)

Section 2(c): "Indecent Representation of women" - Includes

◆ Description in manner of:
✔ Figure of women
✔ her form
✔ or body
✔ or any other part thereof
◆ Description done in such a way as to have effect of it being:
✔ indecent
✔ or derogatory
✔ or denigrating women
✔ Or such description is likely to
✔ deprave
✔ corrupt
✔ or injure the public morality
✔ or morals

Section 2(d): "Labels" - Means

anything that is:
✔ affixed to
✔ or appearing upon, any package
✔ in form of:
✔ any written
✔ marked
✔ stamped
✔ printed
✔ or graphic matter

Section 2(e): "Package"- Includes

✔ Box
✔ Carton
✔ Tin
✔ Or other container

Section 2(f): "Prescribed"- Means

Prescribed by rules under this act.

Section 5:

📌 Who may enter & search?

✔ Any Gazetted Officer authorised by State Government, within the local limits of the area.

📌 How search may be conducted?

✔ The authorised officer may enter and search at a reasonable time with assistance.

📌 Where can such search be conducted?

✔ At any place in which the officer has a reason to believe that an offence punishable under this act has been committed.

📌 What are the powers of the Officer authorised?

✔ Seize any of the following, if the officer has a reason to believe that the following contravenes with the provision of this act-
• advertisement
• book
• pamphlet
• paper
• slide film
• writing
• drawing
• painting
• photographs
• representation
• figure

📌 The officer may

✔ examine ✔ record ✔ register ✔ document or any other material object, if it is found during search conducted by entering any place of reasonable suspicion.

📌 Who should be informed after conducting search & seize?

✔ The Nearest Magistrate should be informed by any person conducting the seize, as soon as possible.
✔ Such person shall follow the orders of the Magistrate in respect of custody of the items seized.

📌 According to which provision the authorised officer conducts search or seizure?

✔ If the search or seizure are conducted under the authority of a warrant issued under Section 94 of the Code of Criminal procedure, 1973.
✔ Then the provisions of Section 94 of the Code of Criminal procedure, 1973 will apply to procedure of search or seizure.


📌 No entry will be allowed in the dwelling house without warrant.
📌 Power to seize a document may be exercised by the officer in respect of a-
✔ Document
✔ Article
✔ Or a thing including its contents
If such document, articles or a thing contains any advertisement which cannot be separated from the contents without affecting its -
✔ integrity
✔ utility
✔ saleable value


Section 6:

Any person in contravention with Section 3 or Section 4 of this act shall be punishable on :

📌 First Conviction:

✔ With imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years and
✔ With fine which may extend Rs 2000.

📌 Second or Subsequent

✔ With imprisonment for a term of not less than 6 months but which may extend to 5 years and
✔ With a fine not less than Rs 10000 but which may extend to Rs 100000.


Section 7:

📌 When an offence under this act has been committed by a company, the person liable shall be -

✔ every person in charge of the company ✔ at the time when such an offence was committed

📌 When it is proved that the offence committed by the company with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of-

✔ Director
✔ Manager
✔ Secretary
✔ Other officer
then such person would be liable and punished under this act.


✔ When such an offence is committed with knowledge of the concerned person, then only such a person would be liable.
✔ The concerned person will not be held liable if he is able to prove that he had exercised due diligence to prevent commission ofsuch offence



Section 8:



Section 9:

📌 No suit or legal proceedings shall lie against -

✔ Central Government
✔ State Government
✔ Any Government official

📌 Who does any act, under this act in good faith.

Section 10:

📌 Who has power to make rules under this act?

✔ The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act.
📌 What are the matters to which these rules provide for?

✔ the manner in which the seizure of advertisements or other articles shall be made.
✔ the manner in which the seizure list shall be prepared and delivered to the person from whose custody any advertisement or other article has been seized.
✔ any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribedt.