Section 140 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872


Under this section a witness may be or must be allowed to give evidence of character of a party. “The use of character evidence is to assist the court in establishing the value of the evidence brought against the accused.” But such examination shall be confined only to cross-examination and re-examination. Where the fact in issue was “whether the accused had kidnapped and murdered her child. The murder in such a case cannot escape by establishing that the mother of the child was of loose character.” The right has been given and when an accused calls witness to prove his previous good character they should, in proper cases, be cross-examined.”

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