Section 388 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 – Explained!
It is an aggravated form of extortion. According to this extortion must have been, committed by the offender after putting the person extorted or any other person of an accusation that he had committed, or had made an attempt to commit, any offence punishable with death, imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term up to ten years, or he had made an attempt to induce any other person to commit such offence. The punishment may be imprisonment for life where extortion is committed by putting any person in fear of an accusation that he had committed an unnatural offence.
The offence under this section is cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable, and is triable by magistrate of the first class.