Robbery is the crime or wrong of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force, threat, or by putting the victim in fear. The word “rob” came via French from Late Latin words of Germanic origin, from Common Germanic raub “theft”.

According to common law, robbery is defined as taking the property off another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear; that is, it is a larceny or theft accomplished by an assault. Robbery is differentiated from other forms of theft such as burglary, shoplifting, pickpocketing, or car theft by its inherently violent nature as a violent crime; whereas many lesser forms of theft are punished as misdemeanours (wrongdoing), robbery is always a felony in jurisdictions that distinguish between the two. Under English law, most forms of theft are triable either way, whereas robbery is triable only on indictment (charge). 

Among the types of robbery are armed robbery, which involves the use of a weapon; Highway robbery or mugging takes place outside or in a public place such as a sidewalk, street, or parking lot; Carjacking is the act of stealing a car from a victim by force without the consent of the owner. Extortion is the threat to do something illegal.

According to the Indian Penal Code.

{Robbery. — In all robbery there is either theft or extortion. 

When theft is robbery. — Theft is “robbery” if, in order to the committing of the theft, or in committing the theft, or in carrying away or attempting to carry away property obtained by the theft, the offender, for that end voluntarily causes or attempts to cause to any person death or hurt or wrongful restraint, or fear of instant death or of instant hurt, or of instant wrongful restraint. 

When extortion is robbery. — Extortion is “robbery” if the offender, at the time of committing the extortion, is in the presence of the person put in fear, and commits the extortion by putting that person in fear of instant death, of instant hurt, or of instant wrongful restraint to that person or to some other person, and, by so putting in fear, induces the person so put in fear then and there to deliver up the thing extorted. 

Explanation.—The offender is said to be present if he is sufficiently near to put the other person in fear of instant death, of instant hurt, or of instant wrongful restraint. }


(a) A holds Z down, and fraudulently takes Z’s money and jewels from Z’s clothes, without Z’s consent. Here A has committed theft, and, in order to the committing of that theft, has voluntarily caused wrongful restraint to Z. A has therefore committed robbery. 

(b) A meets Z on the high road, shows a pistol, and demands Z’s purse. Z, in consequence, surrenders his purse. Here A has extorted the purse from Z by putting him in fear of instant hurt, and being at the time of committing the extortion in his presence. A has therefore committed robbery. 

(c) A meets Z and Z’s child on the high road. A takes the child, and threatens to filing it down a precipice, unless Z delivers his purse. Z, in consequence, delivers his purse. Here A has extorted the purse from Z, by causing Z to be in fear of instant hurt to the child who is there present. A has therefore committed robbery on Z. 

(d) A obtains property from Z by saying “Your child is in the hands of my gang, and will be put to death unless you send us ten thousand rupees”. This is extortion, and punishable as such: but it is not robbery, unless Z is put in fear of the instant death of his child. 


In the Indian Penal Code, it states the punishment for robbery – “Whoever commits robbery shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine; and, if the robbery be committed on the highway between sunset and sunrise, the imprisonment may be extended to fourteen years.”

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