- The victim can go to any police station and file an FIR.
- The police should be taking them to the nearest hospital after that. You can also go directly to a medical centre for medical attention. According to a ruling of the Supreme Court in 2000 SC (State of Karnataka v. Manjanna), in case of sexual assault of a woman or a child, no medical facility in the country can refuse medical attention, even if the victim has not filed an FIR. In fact, sometimes going for medical aid after filing an FIR may result in loss of evidence. Please go through the rules on medical check-ups in cases of sexual assault. The medical practitioner should hand over the medical report to the police within 24 hours of the medical examinations.
- The police should give you details of your legal rights. You are entitled to free legal aid for fighting your case.
- The police should also have details of counsellors.
You should also know about the medical aid that is to be given to a victim of sexual assault.
Here are some important things to keep in mind during the whole legal and recovery process of a victim.