Section 15 - Coercion defined : Indian Contract Act
What is Coercion defined? Section 15 of Indian Contract Act
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.
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.