According to Indian Penal Code Section 494.
- Whoever, having a husband or wife living,
- marries in any case in which such marriage is void
- by reason of its taking place during the life of such husband or wife,
shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend
to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
- This section does not extend to any person whose marriage with such husband or wife
has been declared void by a court of competent jurisdiction,
- nor to any person who contracts a marriage during the life of a former husband or
wife, if such husband or wife, at the time of the subsequent marriage, shall have
been continually absent from such person for the space of seven years, and shall
not have been heard of by such person as being alive within that time provided
- the person contracting such subsequent marriage shall, before such marriage takes
place, inform the person with whom such marriage is contracted of the real state
of facts so far as the same are within his or her knowledge.
Imprisonment for 7 years and fine--Cognizable--Non-bailable--Triable by Magistrate
of the first class--Non-compound able, [Vide A.P Act 3 of 1992, section 2 (w.e.f.