- Seek immediate medical attention especially if you want to press charges or file a case. Delays in seeking an examination can allow time for wounds, cuts, and bruises to heal, as well as any bodily fluids and DNA to dissipate, resulting in a lack of physical evidence with which to prosecute the case.
- Do not clean yourself, bathe, urinate, defecate, or change clothing before proceeding for a medical examination, as this is valuable evidence, which may later be used in court.
- File a First Information Report (FIR). An FIR is required in order to proceed with a criminal investigation. An FIR can be registered at the local police station. For those residing in Karachi, if you experience any problems in filing an FIR at the local police station, you can also file an FIR at the Citizen’s Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) Office located in the Sindh Governor’s Secretariat. Contact number: 111-222-345.
- Please note: Your F.I.R m
ust be filed under case of Zina-bil-Jabr and not filed under the section of Zina. To ensure this is the case, check under which section the F.I.R should be registered. The women’s protection bill guarantees that no case of Zina-bil-Jabr is converted into a case of Zina.
- If any items (such as clothes) are handed to the police, make sure a receipt is obtained for them.
Organizations and Hospitals that provide pro bono (free) support for survivors of violence:
- Liaquat National Hospital
- War Against Rape
- PMA House (A referral for medical help)
- Panah Shelter Home