Section 428 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 – Explained!
The word ‘maiming’ means some kind of a permanent injury which causes privation of the use of a limb or a member of the body. Similarly, the expression ‘rendering useless’ implies that the animal is no more of use at all for the work in which it was being used. The amount of ten rupees is too meagre an amount these days. This in effect means that in a very large number of cases of mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming or rendering useless animals would fall under this section, but this is subject to what has been stated in section 429 of the Code.
The offence under section 428 is non-cognizable, bailable and compoundable by the owner of the animal when permitted by the court trying the case, and is triable by any magistrate.