Section 289 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 – Explained!
The section requires an omission on the part of the accused. This omission must be with knowledge or with negligence. It must be to take order with any animal in his possession. The order must be such as is sufficient to guard against any probable danger to human life, or any probable danger of grievous hurt from such animal.
Since the word ‘animal’ has been used in the section it may mean any tame or ferocious animal. Where a buffalo which was known to be dangerous moved to death an old woman carrying a grassload on her head in a field, its owner as well as the servant, under whose immediate control it was at that moment, were held guilty under this section.
The offence under this section is cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable, and is triable by any magistrate.