Ankita Gupta, a Third Year Law Student from P.E.S. Modern Law College, Savitribai Phule Pune University, has written a poem on the Indian Penal Code, called ‘The Trick of 511’. Through poetry, it describes all 511 sections of the IPC. The poem has been recognized as the ‘Longest Law Poetry’ by the International Book of Records.
Ankita is also a state-level chess player. After completing her class 10th exam, she was drawn to poetry. “I felt that some things are easier for me to express using poems,” she said. “That is why I thought of penning this poem to imagine all the 511 sections of the IPC.”
“I know that the poem might not be 100% legally sound,” Ankita says. “But it is a way for people at large to read about the IPC and know its sections. The idea is to generate awareness.”
The poem has garnered wide publicity. “A lot of people have been asking me for a free ebook,” Ankita adds. “It is not a nice practice to ask the author for free copies.”
She is working on another project, which she plans to reveal after its completion. She thinks of her work as planting a bamboo tree, which has to be tended to for a long period, after which it grows rapidly.
Here’s an extract from the poem:
From section 1 to 5 talks about territorial land,
The punishment including the land of nature,
The water of seas & maritime zones,
The offence committed within & beyond,
From any place of any citizen,
Whether it may be netizen of India…
Umang graduated from NUJS in 2019. After that, he worked at L&L Partners before taking up the role of an Editor at Lawctopus. You can find him on Twitter @UmangPod, and read some of his other writings at twodsinapodd.wordpress.com.
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