The central government will use Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Pink” to promote the FIR law and Zero FIR system, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar said on Wednesday, observing a lot of young women are not aware of the legal procedure.
FIR is an important document because it sets the process of criminal justice in motion. It is only after the FIR is registered in the police station that the police take up investigation of the case. Anyone who knows about the commission of a cognizable offence, including police officers, can file an FIR.
“They (Law Ministry) are still strengthening this (Zero FIR law) and figuring out the basics of how to apply this but they are going to use the film as a platform and promote the Zero FIR, the FIR and the bail process that on a Saturday and Sunday, women and children will be heard at judge’s residence,” Sircar told the media here.
“We spoke to the Law Minister. This FIR law is existing but a lot of young women don’t know how to use this law. So the rule is that any given time if you go to the police station you will be heard and your FIR will be registered,” he said.
“… and if something happens with a girl, say somewhere out in the (Bengal) districts and you are not able to register your FIR there, then there is a system called Zero FIR which a lot of women and men don’t know of. You can come into the city and still register the complaint. You can put that Zero FIR wherever you are,” he said.
Expressing anguish that women are often embarrassed to speak up against incidents of violence, Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday said it is a “pitiable” condition for a woman to have caught the culprit and not be able to stand up against it.
The “Pink” star lauded actress Tapsee Pannu, who features in a pivotal role in the courtroom drama on crimes against women, for sharing with the public that she has been a victim of eve-teasing and her experience of being touched at the “wrong places” while in a crowded area or while travelling in a local bus.
“One day somebody tried to feel her and she actually caught his hand but she did not have the courage to turn around and see who he was. It is a pitiable condition for a woman to have caught the culprit and not be able to take a stand against it. When are we going to do that? I think ‘Pink’ is one film that is asking us to stand up and face these issues. I laud the fact that she has shared this with us,” Bachchan said here.
Asserting that “Pink” is no longer a film, “it has become a movement”, Big B said people don’t realise what women go through when they are cat-called, teased or felt publicly in awkward places.
“We have no idea about that and women are scared to say because they feel it’s embarrassing… it would be embarrassing for their family… for themselves… for people at large. But I think the time has come that they should never feel embarrassed.”
“Women when they go through this… they are scared to go to police station and lodge a complaint because it is embarrassing for them. I think ‘Pink’ has shown that if there has been something bad that has happened, then please don’t be afraid to go to police,” he said. – CINEWS