There is an ancient rule: There is an ancient rule: actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea – the act does not create guilt unless the mind is also guilty.” - William Landay[1] I. AN INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS MENS REA? The estimation of the exact mental element or mens rea' essential for a crime is... Continue Reading →

Introduction to Section 300 of the Indian Penal Code

“The justifications of men who kill should always be heard with skepticism, said the monster.” ― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls Murder is the act of one person murdering another in common parlance. Murder is one of the most severe crimes a person can do since it includes the taking of another person's life. Murder... Continue Reading →


“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”― Jim Morrison[1] I. MURDER: AN INRODUCTION Murder is defined as the illegal, malicious, or preplanned death of a human by another. Murder, the most heinous offence meant against human... Continue Reading →


“For something to be a crime there must be both an actus reus and mens rea — that is, a criminal act accompanied by a criminal state of mind.” ― Alan Dershowitz[1] I. INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS ACTUS REUS? Actus non facit reum nisi sit rea: was one of the first ever maxims that every student of... Continue Reading →

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