A, intending or knowing himself to be likely to permanently disfigure B’s face, gives B a blow with a knife which does not permanently disfigure B’s face but which causes B to suffer severe bodily pain for a span of twenty days.
A is guilty of the offence of grievous hurt under Sec. 320. Sec 320 of the Indian Penal Code says that any hurt which causes the sufferer to be in severe bodily pain for twenty days or unable to follow his ordinary pursuits is grievous hurt.
A person is said to voluntarily cause grievous hurt if he intends to cause or knows himself to be likely to cause grievous hurt. In the above case, though the offender did not cause permanent disfigurement of B’s face, he caused B to suffer severe bodily pain for 20 days . Hence, he is punishable for the offence of grievous Hurt.