Asked April 01, 2017

Theft with good motive

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My servant stole a loaf of bread for her son who was hungry, will her good purpose behind taking that bread save her from any liability?

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It will not, as the Indian Penal Code looks at the act of taking away the item as theft. The mens rea in this situation is that he/she had the intention to take away the bread. Whatever be the purpose, the act and the intention of taking away the item will consitute the offence of theft. 

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