In Hindu scritures we are allowed to tell lie in some cases.

In a situation of peril to life and in marriage, falsehood becomes utterable. In a situation involving the loss of one’s entire property, falsehood becomes utterable. On an occasion of marriage, or of enjoying a woman, or when life is in danger, or when one’s entire property is about to be taken away, or for the sake of a Brahmana, falsehood may be uttered. These five kinds of falsehood have been declared to be sinless. On these occasions falsehood would become truth and truth would become falsehood.”

Karna parva

So what if we lied to save ourselves from the punishment of crime that we done?

  • Also, to seduce women you may lie apparently. – Wikash_ May 11 at 12:52
  • The next line is: "These five kinds of falsehood have been declared to be sinless. " so if you save your life by committing a crime then that is not a sin. It is the same for Kshatriyaa they are allowd to kill the bad without any sin occurred. – Wikash_ May 11 at 12:57
  • Not sure what your question is. The quotation you gave does not say "...or to save yourself from the death penalty by committing a crime." – Swami Vishwananda May 11 at 13:45

That exception to lying doesn't apply to criminals who want to escape from punishment.

  1. (Witnesses) shall not speak singly or without being asked,

  2. And if, (being asked,) they do not answer, they are guilty of a crime.

  3. Heaven is their reward, if they speak the truth; in the contrary case hell (will be their portion).


  1. If the sacred law or the rules (referring to worldly matters) are violated, the guilt (falls) on the witnesses, the assessors, the king, and on the offender.


  1. A witness must be reprimanded and punished for speaking an untruth.

  2. No guilt is incurred by giving false evidence, in case the life (of a man) depends thereon.

  3. But (this rule does) not (hold good) if the life of a very wicked (man depends on the evidence of a witness).

(Gautama Dharmasūtra, Chapter XIII)

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