How to lodge a Cyber Crime FIR / Complaint?

1. The very first step to file a cyber crime complaint is to register a written complaint with the cyber crime cell of the city you are currently in. According to the IT Act, a cyber crime comes under the purview of global jurisdiction. This means that a cyber crime complaint can be registered with any of the cyber cells in India, irrespective of the place where it was originally committed.

At present, most cities in India have a dedicated cyber crime cell. 

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2. When filing the cyber crime complaint, you need to provide your name, contact details and address for mailing. You need to address the written complaint to the Head of the Cyber Crime Cell of the city where you are filing the cyber crime complaint.

3. In case you are a victim of online harassment / stalking, an Ozg Legal Counsel can be approached via WhatsApp to assist you with reporting it to the police station. Additionally, you may be asked to provide certain documents or records with the complaint. This would, however, depend on the nature of the crime.

4. Register a Cyber Crime FIR: If you do not have access to any of the cyber cells in India, you can file a First Information Report (FIR) at the local police station. In case your complaint is not accepted there, you can approach to the Commissioner or the city’s Judicial Magistrate.

5. Certain cyber crime offenses come under the Indian Penal Code. You can register a cyber crime FIR at the nearest local police station to report them. It is mandatory under Section 154, Code of Criminal Procedure, for every police officer to record the information / complaint of an offense, irrespective of the jurisdiction in which the crime was committed.

6. Most of the cyber crimes that are covered under the Indian Penal Code are classified as cognizable offenses. A cognizable offense is the one in which a warrant is not required for an arrest or investigation. 

In this case, a police officer is bound to record a Zero FIR from the complainant. He must then forward it to the police station under the jurisdiction of the place where the offense was committed.

7. Zero FIR offers some solace to victims of cases that require immediate attention / investigation as it avoids wasting time in enlisting the offense on police records.

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