defamation without specifying any name
Can a statement be defamatory even if I have not mentioned anybody's name?
Yes, a statement can be defamatory even if the name of the person is not mentioned.
In these two illustrations mentioned in the act itself, even though there is no mention of any name but there is a clear indication of imputation of reputation
This is the most simplest way to show that statement can be defamatory even without mentioning any name(b) A is asked who stole B’s watch. A points to Z, intending to cause it to be
believed that Z stole B’s watch. This is defamation unless it fall within one of the
(c) A draws a picture of Z running away with B’s watch, intending it to be believed
that Z stole B’s watch. This is defamation, unless it fall within one of the
If the statement falls within the 10 exceptions of sec 499 then the statement will not be considered defamatory.
The basic principle is that it is enough if the evidence can indicate imputation was directed towards a person who can be identified.
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