08 March, 2016

Characteristics of Crime

Crime, the intentional commission of an act usually deemed socially harmful or dangerous and specifically defined, prohibited, and punishable under criminal law.The main characteristics of a crime are as follows:--
1)   External consequences - Crime always has a-harmful impact on society, may it be social, personal, emotional or mental.
2)   Act (Actus) - There should be an act or omission to constitute a crime. Intention or mens rea alone shall not constitute a crime unless it is followed by some external act.
3)   Mens rea or guilty mind - It is one of the essential ingredients of a crime. It may, however, be director implied.
4)   Prohibited act - The act should be prohibited or forbidden under the existing law.
5)   Punishment - The act should not only be prohibited by the law but should also be punishable by the State.

Courtesy:- Legal Point Foundation

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