Defence Act, 1954

Offences related to prisoners of war.

127.—Every person subject to military law—

(a) who, by want of due precaution, or through disobedience of orders or wilful neglect of duty, is taken prisoner, or

(b) who, having been taken prisoner, fails to rejoin the Defence Forces when able to do so, or

(c) who, having been made a prisoner of war, serves with or aids the enemy,

is guilty of an offence against military law, and shall, on conviction by court-martial, in case he served with or aided the enemy, be liable to suffer death or any less punishment awardable by a court-martial and, in any other case, be liable to suffer penal servitude or any less punishment awardable by a court-martial.