Cuttack: The Odisha police DGP, Abhay, Tuesday said that the complainants of domestic violence need not have to come to police station to file the FIR. He said the police will go to to the complainant house on receiving a phone call to take FIR.

Following the chief minister Naveen Patnaik’ direction to take strongest action against the perpetrators of domestic violence, the DGP has given a set of instruction to district police administration.

The DG) has instructed:

  1. Domestic violence cases are to be given high priority. Though so far there is no noticeable increase in reporting of such cases, there is need to remain alert.
  2. Help line telephone number of police station and district control room (total 600 plus telephones) should be given wide publicity again, so that victims of domestic violence can use the same.
  3. To lodge the complaint, during the lockdown period, victims of domestic violence need not come to police station. On receipt of telephone, police will reach the spot/home to collect complaints/FIR and take necessary action. They can also approach police through Odisha Police Citizen Portal and Sahayata Mobile APP.
  4. All cases of the domestic violence during lockdown period should be investigated by the officer not below the rank of S.I. of police.
  5. All Domestic Violence cases during lockdown period should be supervised by an officer of rank of DSP or above.
  6. Investigation Unit for Crime against Women (IUCAW) of the district should remain extra alert and active during lockdown period.