Patterns of workplace online sexual harassment of female university students by faculties in India and legal recourse: A critical commentary




Workplace sexual harassment, onlineharassment, POSH Act, cybercrimes, Cyber stalking, Cyber pornography, India


Workplace sexual harassment at universities in India has been rising steeply. But it would be wrong to say that sexual harassment at universities may happen only physically. It may happen on cyber space as well.  During the Covid 19 lock down, universities were forced to take up new normal procedures for conducting classes undergraduate and post graduate students. This has increased the chances for online sexual harassment of women including female university students by male faculties. This chapter researches on the patterns of online workplace sexual harassment on the basis of the Sexual harassment of women at workplace prevention, prohibition and redressal) Act, 2013 (POSH Act). It provides a commentary on the commentary on the legal recourse to such problems as offered by the POSH Act and argues that there are several lacunae in the said Act which may not encourage female students to report or to withdraw their complaints. This chapter suggests that more awareness about the POSH Act as well as about patterns of online harassment and penal provisions regarding the same may improve the situation. 


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Biografia do Autor

Debarati Halder, Professor of Law, Parul Institute of Law, Parul University, Vadodara, Gujarat

Dr.Debarati Halder, LL.B, LL.M (International & Constitutional Law), LLM(Criminal & Security Law), Ph.D (Law)(NLSIU)  is Professor of Law at Parul Institute of Law, Parul University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She is 2022 EqualityNow Public Voices Fellow ( and the founder and  Managing Director (Hon) Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling (


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HALDER, D. Patterns of workplace online sexual harassment of female university students by faculties in India and legal recourse: A critical commentary. Revista do CEJUR/TJSC: Prestação Jurisdicional, Florianópolis (SC), v. 10, n. 1, p. e0390, 2022. DOI: 10.37497/revistacejur.v10i1.390. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 fev. 2024.



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