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Where to file an F.I.R.?

Filing a First Information Report (F.I.R.) in India involves specific guidelines regarding where and how to file it. Here’s a detailed guide on where to file an F.I.R.:

  1. Jurisdiction:
    The F.I.R. should be filed at the police station within the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. Jurisdiction is determined by the location where the offense took place.
  2. Location of Incident:
    If the crime occurred within a specific area covered by a particular police station, approach that police station to file the F.I.R. For example, if a theft occurred at your residence, you would report it to the police station overseeing that area.
  3. Nearest Police Station:
    If you are unsure about the jurisdiction, it’s best to approach the nearest police station to the location of the incident. The police officers there will guide you to the appropriate police station if necessary.
  4. Online Filing:
    In some regions, modern police departments allow online F.I.R. filing for certain types of offenses. Check if your area provides this facility and follow the instructions on the respective police department’s website.
  5. Specialized Police Stations:
    For specific types of crimes like cybercrimes, economic offenses, or crimes against women, specialized police stations or units might exist. If the incident falls under any of these categories, file the F.I.R. at the respective specialized police station.
  6. Railway Stations, Airports, or Ports:
    If the crime occurred within the premises of railway stations, airports, ports, or on a train, airplane, or ship, you may need to file the F.I.R. at the police station within the respective facility or on the vehicle.
  7. Higher Police Officials:
    If the police station refuses to register the F.I.R., you can approach higher-ranking police officials like the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) or the Superintendent of Police (SP) to seek assistance in getting the F.I.R. registered.
  8. Magistrate’s Office:
    If all else fails, you can approach the nearest magistrate’s office and submit a written complaint requesting them to direct the police to register the F.I.R. The magistrate can then order the concerned police station to file the F.I.R.

To file an F.I.R. in India, visit the police station within the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. If unsure, go to the nearest police station or use online filing options if available. For specialized cases, like cybercrimes or crimes against women, approach the designated specialized police stations. For incidents at transport facilities, file the F.I.R. at the respective police station. If the police station refuses, higher police officials or the nearest magistrate’s office can be approached for assistance.

Adcocate J.S. Rohilla (Civil & Criminal Lawyer in Indore)

Contact: 88271 22304

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