Many people in India are not aware about the procedure for filing an FIR about sexual violence. Hence, only 1% of the total cases get filed in the police station and the rest just go unnoticed, giving the criminals a green signal to continue their wrong practices. Amnesty International took initiative to make people aware about their rights and started a program called Know Your Rights which trains people to become certified FIR agents.
They have to provide the full consent of the survivor for the FIR and the investigation that follows. Also, they need to mention the source of the information related to the crime.
Under the Zero FIR Policy, you don’t need to search for a police station in the area where the crime happened. File the FIR in any nearby police station and it can later be transferred to the concerned area’s police station.
But you need to visit the police station later as your thumb impression or signature is mandatory to complete the FIR process.
Whether it is a case of sexual harassment, voyeurism, stalking, rape or gang rape, file the FIR as soon as possible. If you face any delay, give reasons for the same.
The police officer must go to a convenient place or her home to record the information.
It is their duty to file an FIR of a cognizable offense. They are liable for punishment if they fail to do so. You can take strict action against the negligent police officer by filing a complaint with the magistrate.
If you don’t hear anything from them, contact them again.
He can explain various aspects of your case in a better way.
A friendlier police system and well informed citizens are needed to increase the reporting of the sexual violence crimes. For which Bengaluru police and Amnesty International together took an initiative in July 2015. Where the former Bengaluru Commissioner showed his support to the citizens and said, “We want you to be a part of the system. We are, after all, your police.”
You can be an FIR agent by logging in with your gmail, facebook or linkedin account at learn.amnesty.org.in and accessing their e-learning modules.
To know more about the campaign check out the video: