Often people don’t know how to file a complaint. If you have been facing cyber-bullying, trolling, or online abuse, your first step is to register a written complaint to the immediate cyber cell in the city.

The Information Technology Act categorically provides that a cyber-crime has global jurisdiction, meaning that the crime may be reported in the Cyber Crime Units of any city, irrespective of the place where the act was committed.

At the time of filing of the complaint, the person reporting the crime may also be required to provide their name, contact details and mailing address along with the application, which is to be addressed to the Head of the Cyber Crime Cell of the city. A person approaching the police station in a case of cyber harassment is also entitled to seek legal counsel to help report the case and may be asked to provide certain documents along with the complaint, depending on the nature of the crime.

Here is a ready template for lodging a cyber-bullying or online abuse complaint for commonly reported offense under Section 67 – Publishing information which is obscene in electronic form / Section 67 (a) of the IT Act – Publishing images containing sexual acts.

You can find out more about the IT Act here