Know What Is Zero FIR And Some Other Important Laws Relating To Sexual Harassment

The Logical Indian

October 3rd, 2016 / 4:42 PM

Zero FIR

Image Courtesy: dianasmusings

Growing instances of sexual harassment are a major concern today. One of the reasons that such horrific òffences keep happening today and culprits go untouched because many of laws applied in the country against sexual offence are unknown to a larger section of mass. Women continuously face the wrath of inhumane behaviour and there are very few who are aware of the laws, here are some important legal rights every woman should know about.


Zero FIR

Under Zero FIR, a rape or a molestation victim can register her complaint from any police station. Often, police stations under which the incident occurs refuses to register victim’s complaint so that they don’t have to take any responsibility. In such cases, the woman can lodge an FIR at any police station in the city under Zero FIR rule. The senior officer will then direct the SHO of the concerned police station to lodge the FIR. Under a case of Zero FIR, no police station within the city can turn you down saying that the incident didn’t occur under their area of operation.


Right to Free Aid
When a rape or molestation victim goes to register a complaint in the police station, she often faces harassments and humiliation for her statements. In such a case, she has the right to get a legal aid and that she should demand it.


Right to privacy
A woman who has been raped has a right to record her statement in private, in front of the magistrate without being overheard by anyone else. She also has a freedom to record her statement with a lady constable or a police officer in personal. Under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the cops will have to give the privacy to the victim without stressing her in front of masses.


Right to register untimely
A woman may avoid going to a police station to a complaint. No questions are supposed to be raised no matter how late she decides to register a complaint.


Right to complaint virtually
According to Delhi Police, a woman has the privilege of lodging a complaint via email or registered post. If for some reason, a woman can’t go to the police station, she can send a written complaint through an email or registered post addressed to a senior police officer of the level of Deputy Commissioner or Commissioner of Police.


Right to no arrest
According to a Supreme Court ruling, a woman cannot be arrested after sunset and before sunrise. There are many cases of women being harassed by the police at wee hours, but all this can be avoided if you exercise the right of being present in the police station only during daytime.


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Children Sexual Abuse SC

1575 Children Residing In Shelter Homes Were Victims Of Some Form Of Sexual Abuse: Govt Tells SC

Winter Session

235 Old Laws To Be Repealed In Lok Sabha As Congress Misses Opportunities To Ask Important Questions

Paid Leave

Women Employees In Central Govt. Fighting Sexual Harassment Will Get 90 Days’ Paid Leave

Colours

Let The Colours NOT Silence Your Voice Against Sexual Harassment!

Uber Fires Its Senior VP

Uber Fires Its Senior Vice President For Covering Up Sexual Harassment Allegations

Know Some Of The Flaws Of Indian Democracy And How It Affects Our Country

Latest on The Logical Indian

Sports

Kohli And Chanu To Get Khel Ratna, Bajrang Punia Misses Out Despite Maximum Points

News

Indian Govt Proposed Reliance Name For Rafale Deal, We Didn’t Have A Say In This: Ex-French President

News

Journalist Arrested For Satire On Konark Temple, Odisha Govt Passes Privilege Motion Demanding Action

Get Inspired

Rats Sniff Out Landmines And Save Thousands Of Lives In Africa & Asia, Also Detect Tuberculosis

News

WB: 2 Youths Died As Police Allegedly Open Fired At Students Protesting Urdu Teachers’ Recruitment

My Story

My Story: “My Constitution Allows Me To Carry A Kirpan But Why Am I Still Questioned Everytime?”

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.