Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2017)
Injury to reputation: Defamation Suits in India
Author(s): Vaasawa Sharma
Abstract: ‘Defamation', in simple language is the term which means to harm the good reputation of the other person. For example, abusing, publishing defamatory material against someone, malicious gossip, character assassination etc. The defamation may also be called as calumny, vilification and traducement. If someone defamed the other person orally then such an act is termed as slander and if it is done by the way of printed words or images then it is termed as libel. S. 499-502 of Indian penal code talked about defamation. This is tge immunity provided to each and every individual to protect his/her reputation. If such an allegation is proved in the court of law, then relief in the form of compensation is granted to the victim and also there is a provisiob for punishment under s. 500 which is imprisonment upto 2 years or fine or both. So, this is the right of every citizen of India to exercise this power in case of any defamatory act is done by anyone against him. He can easily sue in the court of law and demand for such a relief for his lost reputation.