You can file a complaint with any of these authorities/forums:
Go to Police Station
You can file an FIR at any police station or the one nearest to you. A friend or relative can also file an FIR on your behalf. If you are a woman or a trans woman, your statement will be recorded by a female police officer.
You can call on 100 to seek immediate help from the police. After describing your location, a police unit will be sent to you for further assistance.
National and State Commissions in India
These are forums you can approach if you face any difficulties or resistance from the police if they refuse to file your FIR:
National/State Human Rights Commission
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)1 is a national level government body which specifically looks into human rights violations, such as illegal detention, harassment in jail, etc. As a LGBTQ+ person, you can also approach them if you require help, if the police are not being cooperative.
Since the NHRC is located in New Delhi, you can also approach the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in your state to get immediate help. You can complain to the NHRC or SHRC regardless of your gender or sexual orientation.
You can contact NHRC here and complain if you have faced any harassment or discrimination.
National/State Commission for Women
The National Commission for Women (NCW) is a national level government organization that works in the protection of women from violence such as sexual crimes, domestic violence, etc. The NCW will help you by:
- Providing you and your harasser counseling or an opportunity to be heard so that the dispute is resolved and the incident is not repeated again.
- Instituting an inquiry committee in serious cases which would make spot inquiries, examine the witnesses, collect evidence and submit a report to give you immediate relief and protection.
You can also approach the Women’s Commission in your state to get immediate help.
Online Crime Reporting
You can complain with the Cyber Cell or the police in your state against online crimes. Read here to understand in detail the options that you have to report and complain against online harassment and violence.
- Core Group on LGBTQ+ Issues: https://nhrc.nic.in/sites/default/files/Documents_coregroup_lgbt_29062018.pdf