For the purposes of section 85, “cruelty” means—

(a) any wilful conduct which is of such a nature as is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health (whether mental or physical) of the woman; or
(b) harassment of the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her or any person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or valuable security or is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to meet such demand.

Bullet Points on Section 86 BNS:

Definition of “cruelty” for section 85:

  • Wilful conduct likely to drive a woman to suicide or cause grave harm to her life, limb, or health.
  • Harassment with the intent to coerce her or related persons to meet unlawful demands or due to failure to meet such demands.
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