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Procedure to File Complain against Domestic Violence
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Women have always struggled against atrocities committed on them. Domestic violence is one of such brutality which is prevalent in every class of the society to the extent that either you are a victim or you may have witnessed this violence. It has become common for women to end up with bruises and broken bones after such incidents in their domestic life. All women need to know that a complaint about Domestic Violence can be filed by any aggrieved woman who has faced such. The wife can file a case against her husband and in-laws, a mother can complain against her son, a girl can complain against an abusive father or brother, a woman can complain against her partner in case of live-in relationship.

Violence is not necessarily just physical; it can be, Emotional, Economical, and Sexual. Ex: Ill-treatment of your children by the father can also constitute domestic violence. 

In the time of crisis, remember the following places where you can file the complaint against domestic violence and seek help.

Nearest Police Station: Approach to the nearest police station to file an FIR (First Information Report). Request to register an FIR. The policemen are duty-bound to do so and cannot refuse.

NOTE: If the police tell you that occurred incident doesn't fall in their jurisdiction then in such case ask them to register a 'ZERO FIR' (an FIR which can be  transferred to the relevant Police Station later.)

Police will note down the description of the incident and ask you to sign it. Check the FIR twice before signing it. Never sign the FIR blindly. It is much better if you take some time before approaching the police and write down all the details by yourself describing the incident on a piece of paper and then hand it over to the police. Thereby avoiding any inconsistency.

If you are not comfortable talking about the abusive incident to a male police officer, you can request to be directed to a women's cell where female police officers assist the victims.

Filing of the Online FIR: Certain states in India provides the facility for filing the online FIR. In case you are a resident of any of such states, then filing an FIR online can be an alternative to visiting an actual police station.

National Commission for Women (NCW): NCW can address complaints relating to issues faced by women. The Complaints may be received orally, written or suo-moto under Section 10 of the NCW Act. The complaints are related to domestic violence, harassment, dowry, torture, desertion, bigamy, rape, cruelty by husband, refusal to register FIR, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment at the workplace.

Fill the required details in the form, after submission of the form, you will be issued a receipt number. After which you will obtain your file number, user id, and password within ten days of the filing of the complaint.

Research shows that 85 per cent of domestic violence victims are female, and only 15 per cent of victims are men. It can happen to anyone if this issue not dealt with. We must stand together and make more stringent laws, which will protect the victims in the correct sense.

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Case Law on Domestic Violence

By: admin Domestic Violence 19 Apr 2019

Case Law: Husband of Delhi air hostess who killed self used to beat me: Former Miss India, The woman has allegedly told the police that Mayank once even chased her with a knife.


I'm ending my life, Anissia texted husband Mayank at 4:12 pm.

Anissia jumped off a building terrace at around 4:30 pm on July 13, 2018.

Mayank and his family have been asked to join the probe.

Mayank Singhvi, the software engineer husband of Anissia Batra, who was employed as an air hostess with the German airline, Lufthansa, committed suicide, she might have had a series of domestic assault, as per the report submitted by the Delhi Police in a court.

The Delhi Police have seized a BMW and a diamond ring on July 16, 2018, from the house of the air hostess Anissia Batra, who allegedly committed suicide on July 13, 2018.  Both the car and the ring were given by Anissa's family to her husband. The police have also confiscated mobile phones of the couple amid the family's allegation that she was a victim of domestic violence.

The report says that a woman, who once a winner of the Miss India beauty pageant, had come forward and claimed that she was once engaged with Mayank Singhvi and that he regularly assaulted her during the time they were together. Anissia Batra had allegedly told the police that Mayank once had chased her with a knife, after which she broke off her engagement.

Domestic Assault

After Anissia killed herself, soon her family accused Mayank Singhvi and his parents of being responsible for the air hostess's death. Anissa's mother said that Mayank was a divorcee but had covered it. “The abuse had begun during the couple’s honeymoon. Mayank beat her up in the room and lobby of the hotel they were staying at. She had to move to safety at a friend’s place and returned to India alone,” alleged Neelam in her complaint to the police. Also, her mother alleged that “Mayank would drink and beat my daughter.” Anissa's family also revealed that around the night before she killed herself, her father had written to the Delhi Police machinery saying, "...if any physical harm is caused to my daughter, Mayank, as well as the in-laws, will be considered responsible." The police didn't react to the letter.

After Mayank Singhvi was arrested on July 24, 2018, Anissa's family released a set of photos which they said were proof that their daughter was a victim of domestic assault. Photos released by Anissia Batra's family. The photos showed bruised limbs.

What Happened on July 13, 2018?

According to the police, Anissia and Mayank got into an argument on July 13, 2018. The couple's neighbour heard a "heated argument" take place. Phone records obtained by the police show that Anissia messaged a friend on Whatsapp at around 2:56 pm that day, which read as: "He [Mayank] has locked me inside the room. Please call the police. Please come if you can. I am locked up..." followed by a message a minute later read as "Finally I got my phone, I am at N 116... I need help.. he [Mayank] is sitting outside guarding my room...," The friend informed her that she could not come right away but told that another friend could reach Anissa's place sooner. But, by 4 pm Anissia had made her mind and at around 4:12 pm, the air hostess sent another WhatsApp message which read as: "I am going to kill myself today because Mayank has driven me to it. He finally let me out but I can't repair what he has done to me."

It is believed that she had messaged Mayank that she was going to end her life. Following her last WhatsApp message to her friend she went to her home's terrace and jumped off.

The police have arrested Mayank Singhvi and the Delhi Police's crime branch is probing the case.

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