Indian Penal Code, 1860
Whoever takes or entices any minor under 155[sixteen] years of age if a male, or under 156[eighteen] years of age if a female, or. any person of unsound mind, out of the keeping of the lawful guardian of such minor or person of unsound mind, without the consent of such guardian, is said to kidnap such minor or person from lawful Guardianship.
Explanation- The words "lawful guardian" in this section include any person lawfully entrusted with the care of custody of such minor or other person.
Explanation- This section does not extend to the act of any person who in good faith believes himself to be the father of an illegitimate child, or who in good faith believes himself to be entitled to lawful custody of such child, unless such act is committed for an immoral or unlawful purpose.
Union of Territory of Manipur:
In its application to Union Territory of Manipur, in section 361 for the words 'eighteen' substitute the word 'fifteen'.
[Vide Act No. 30 of 1950].