Whoever, except as hereinafter excepted, knowing or having reason to believe that an officer, soldier, [sailor or airman], in the Army, [Navy or Air Force] of the [Government of India], has deserted, harbours such officer, soldier, [sailor or airman], shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine or with both.

Simply Put

This section means Whoever who gives harbour, shelter to an officer who has deserted Army working under the head of government of India (except those who are expected to do so, like family, wife), shall be made liable under this section and shall be punished for a period which can extend to 2 years, or fine, or both.

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