General Diary (G.D.) & When to File it?

General Diary

People come across several criminal or civil illegal acts during their lives.  Crimes such as fraud, threats, murder, and other offences appear during our everyday lives and cause danger and fear. In order to address these circumstances, our country offers legal remedies. The first of these is the creation of a general diary, which is an official record that details an act of crime.


In Bangladesh, filing a GD is an essential process which allows anyone to file a complaint or report a crime to the police.   Generally, non-cognizable offences are entered into a GD. Threats, theft, missing persons, missing legal documents, and other offences are included in this category.


If such offences take place, one might go to the police station and file an oral or written General Diary (GD). They are entitled to file a GD at the police station.


The person who has been affected by an offence can visit the police station and fill up a GD. The duty officer will enter the GD after receiving three copies of the application from the applicant. A date and an entry number need to be included in the GD. One copy will be kept by the duty officer at the police station, one will be returned to the plaintiff upon entering the entry number and date, and the third copy will be kept for the inquiry, name, kind of offence, date, plaintiff’s name, address, specifics of the offence, and required components should all be included in the GD.



Rawnak Jahan

Associate, Advocacy Legal

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