Under the current circumstances of lockdown due to the Coronavirus infection, the Citizen’s
Initiative against Domestic Violence has noticed that the victims of domestic violence cannot go
to the police stations physically to file GD and FIR and, also, cannot go to the Courts to file
complaints cases. Moreover, the lower Courts are operating in a limited sphere during the
lockdown and cannot focus on protection orders against domestic violence. From various media
sources, we already know that during the present lockdown scenario, domestic violence is on the
rise.

1 Under these circumstances, on 30 April 2020, 25 member organizations of the CIDV
Coalition have made a plea to the Chief Justice for taking necessary steps so that Courts can take
these cases into account and victims can file GD and FIR in a digital platform.