THE PUNJAB PROHIBITION OF EXPRESSING MATTERS ON WALLS ACT, 1995

(Act II of 1995)

C O N T E N T S

 

Section Heading

 

1. Short title, extent and commencement.

2. Prohibition of expressing matters on walls.

2A. Cognizance and summary trial.

3. Removal of existing expressions on walls.

4. Power to make rules.

 


[1]THE PUNJAB PROHIBITION OF EXPRESSING MATTERS ON WALLS ACT, 1995

(Act II of 1995)

[13 February 1995]

 

An Act to prohibit expression of matters on walls in the Punjab.

 

Preamble. Whereas it is expedient to prohibit the expression of matters on the walls in the Punjab;

It is hereby enacted as follows:-

 

1. Short title, extent and commencement. (l) This Act may be called the Punjab Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls Act, 1995.

(2) It shall extend to the whole of the Province of the Punjab.

(3) It shall come into force at once.

 

2. Prohibition of expressing matters on walls. Whoever affixes or causes to be affixed any poster, bill, notice, placard or other paper or means of advertisement on a wall or writes on any wall with chalk or paint or in any other manner whatsoever or expresses or describes any matter on any wall in any manner whatsoever with the intention to attract public attention to that matter shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with [2][fine which shall not be less than twenty five thousand rupees or more than one hundred thousand rupees] or with both.

Exception. It shall not be an offence under this Section, if the owner or possessor of the wall expresses any particulars relating to himself or his business thereon.

 

[3][2A. Cognizance and summary trial. (1) An offence under this Act shall be cognizable and non-bailable.

(2) A Magistrate of the first class shall conduct the trial of an offence under this Act in accordance with the provisions of Chapter XXII of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898) relating to the summary trials.]

 

3. Removal of existing expressions on walls. Within a period of thirty days from the commencement of this Act every Local Council shall cause to be removed all matters expressed on the walls within its jurisdiction the expression of which is prohibited by this Act.

 

[4][4. Power to make rules. The Provincial Government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.]

 



[1]This Act was passed by the Punjab Assembly on 2nd February 1995; assented to by the Governor of the Punjab on 12th February 1995; and was published in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 13th February, 1995, pages 5-6. The Bill was moved by private member, Mr S A Hameed.

[2]Substituted for the expression fine which may extend to Rs. 5,000/-, by the Punjab Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls (Amendment) Act 2015 (XIX of 2015).

[3]New section inserted by the Punjab Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls (Amendment) Act 2015 (XIX of 2015).

[4]Added by the Punjab Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls (Amendment) Act 1998 (X of 1998).