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Section 15 - Coercion defined : Indian Contract Act 1872

 

What is Coercion defined? Section 15 of Indian Contract Act 1872

Section 15 of Indian Contract Act 1872 : "Coercion defined"

15. "Coercion" is the committing, or threatening to commit, any act forbidden by the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) or the unlawful detaining, or threatening to detain, any property, to the prejudice of any person whatever, with the intention of causing any person to enter into an agreement.

Explanation.-It is immaterial whether the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) is or is not in force in the place where the coercion is employed.

Illustrations
A, on board an English ship on the high seas, causes B to enter into an agreement by an act amounting to criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

A afterwards sues B for breach of contract at Calcutta.

A has employed coercion, although his act is not an offence by the law of England, and although section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) was not in force at the time when or at the place where the act was done.

 

INDIAN CONTRACT ACT 1872

Section 2 - Interpretation clause

CHAPTER I THE COMMUNICATION, ACCEPTANCE AND REVOCATION OF PROPOSALS

Section 3 - Communication, acceptance and revocation of proposals

Section 4 - Communication when complete

Section 5 - Revocation of proposals and acceptances

 

 

Section 6 - Revocation how made

Section 7 - Acceptance must be absolute

Section 8 - Acceptance by performing conditions, or receiving consideration

Section 9 - Promises, express and implied

CHAPTER II CONTRACTS, VOIDABLE CONTRACTS AND VOID AGREEMENTS

Section 10 - What agreements are contracts

 

 

Section 11 - Who are competent to contract

Section 12 - What is a sound mind for the purposes of contracting

Section 13 - Consent defined

Section 14 - Free consent defined

Section 15 - Coercion defined

 

 

Section 16 - Undue influence defined

Section 17 - Fraud defined

Section 18 - Misrepresentation defined

Section 19 - Voidability of agreements without free consent

Section 19A - Power to set aside contract induced by undue influence

Section 20 - Agreement void where both parties are under mistake as to matter of fact

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