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1 SECTIONS 22-25 SEXUAL OFFENCES ACT Any person who is guilty of an abduction of any un married person under 22. sixteen years of age is guilty of an offence and li able to imprisonment for two years. Any person who is guilty of an abduction of any un married person being of or 23. above sixteen years of age and under eighteen years of age is guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for two years: ny charge under this section if it Provided that it shall be a sufficient defence to a shall be made to appear to the court or jury that t he person so charged had reasonable cause to believe that such unmarried per son was of or above eighteen years of age. Any person who, knowing that any of the offences m 24. entioned in sections 19 to 23 has been committed in the case of any person, or otherwise abets the unlawful detention of the person, or otherwise abet s the execution of the intent with which that offence was committed, shall be dee med guilty of that offence. 25. For the purposes of the sections of this Part rela ting to abduction- (a) it is not necessary that the taking or detaining sh ould be without the consent of the person taken or detained, and it suffices if th e person is persuaded, aided or encouraged to depart or not to return; (b) permanently to deprive any it is not necessary that there should be an intent person of the custody or control of the person take n or detained; (c) a taking or detention is unlawful unless some perso n entitled to give consent to the taking or detention of the person taken or deta ined, for the purposes for which he is taken or detained, gives consent to the taking or detention for those purposes; (d) a person having the temporary custody, care or char ge of another person for a special purpose, as his attendant, employer or scho olmaster or in any other capacity, can be guilty of abduction of that person by acts which he is not authorised to do for such special purpose, and he c annot give consent to any act by another person which would be inconsistent with such special purpose; and (e) notwithstanding the application of the general prov isions of Book I. of the Penal Code with respect to mistake of law, a person is no t guilty of abduction of another person by anything which he does in the belief that he is entitled by law as a parent or guardian, or by virtue of any other legal right, to take or detain the other

2 person for the purposes for which he takes or detai ns him; but this rule shall not be construed to exempt a person from liability to p unishment on the plea that he did not know or believe or had not the means of kno wing, that the other person was under sixteen or eighteen years of age, as the case may be, not to exempt a person from liability to punishment for abduction i f he took or detained the other person for any immoral purpose.

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