Original content can be found on Feminism in India’s website



As per a report by Feminism in India, of all the women who have face online abuse, 36 per cent of women, took no action at all because of societal fear and lack of knowledge of how to report a crime.

The 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.

  • In case of non-availability of cyber-cells in the city, one can file a F.I.R. in the local police station. In case of non-acceptance of the complaint, one can always refer your complaint to the commissioner or judicial magistrate of the city.
  • Offences covered by the Indian Penal Code may also be reported at a local police station by lodging a First Information Report. Under Section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, every police officer, under the law, is bound to record the complaint or information pertaining to an offence, irrespective of the jurisdiction in which the offence was committed.
  • Another significant aspect of penal law in this regard is that of a ZERO FIR. When a cognizable offence, i.e. one where an arrest can be made without a warrant and investigation may be initiated, is reported, if the offence committed does not fall within the jurisdiction of the police officer concerned, he may then record what is known as a ZERO FIR and send the same to the Police Station having jurisdiction over the place of commission of the offence.
  • The purpose of a Zero FIR is to enable easy access to justice to the victims of cases and offences that require immediate action and investigation and no time is wasted on account of the State in bringing the offence on record.