With reference to India, consider the following pairs:

Action                 The Act under which it is covered
1. Unauthorized wearing of police or military uniforms: The Official Secrets  Act, 1923 
2. Knowingly misleading or otherwise interfering with a police officer or military officer when engaged in their duties: The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
3. Celebratory gunfire which can endanger the personal safety of others: The Arms (Amendment) Act, 2019 
How many of the above pairs are correctly matched?
(a) Only one
(b) Only two
(c) All three
(d) None

Answer: (b) Only two


The Indian Official Secrets Act, 1923

  • Pair 1 is correctly matched: The Indian Official Secrets Act, 1923, applies to specific individuals and situations. It is applicable to government officials, government servants, citizens accused of sedition, threatening the integrity of the nation, spying, unlawful use of government uniform, causing interventions in the armed forces, and similar offenses.

Prohibited place and police officer interference

  • Pair 2 is incorrect: The statement regarding the Official Secrets Act, 1923, is incorrect. It suggests that under this act, no person in the vicinity of any prohibited place shall obstruct, knowingly mislead, or otherwise interfere with or impede any police officer or any member. This statement is not accurate.

Amendments to decrease firearms and increase penalties

  • Pair 3 is correctly matched: The statement is accurate. The act mentioned seeks to reduce the number of licensed firearms allowed per person and enhance penalties for specific offenses under the Act.

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