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The Census Order, 1972 (President's Order)


13. If any person-
(a) being a Census Officer, or being lawfully required to give assistance towards the taking of census, refuses or neglects to use reasonable diligence in performing any duty imposed upon him or in obeying any order issued to him in accordance with this Order or any rule made thereunder, or hinders or obstructs another person in performing any such duty or in obeying any such order, or
(b) being a Census officer intentionally puts any offensive or improper question or knowingly makes any false return or, without the previous sanction of the Government discloses any information which he has received by means of, or for the purpose of, a census return, or
(c) intentionally gives a false answer to, or refuses to answer to the best of his knowledge or belief the questionnaire, or other relevant question asked of him by a Census Officer which he is legally bound to answer, or
(d) occupying any house, premises, vessel or land, refuses to allow a Census Officer such reasonable access thereto as he is required under this Order to allow, or
(e) removes, obliterates, alters or damages without proper authority or before the completion of the census any letter, marks or objects which has been painted or affixed for the purpose of the census, he shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both.

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