GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IN CYBERSPACE: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF LEGAL FRAMEWORK IN INDIA
Gender-based violence (GBV) in cyberspace is a growing global concern and India is no exception to it. This paper explores the Indian legal framework for addressing this issue, based on data from an online survey conducted with cyber users. The paper starts by understanding the concept of GBV in cyberspace and its types including cyber stalking, online harassment and morphing. The important Indian cases related to the issue, stressing the difficulties victims face in getting justice are discussed. Furthermore, the research analyses the measures implemented by the Indian government to tackle GBV in cyberspace. The paper contains findings from an online survey conducted, which highlights how ubiquitous GBV in cyberspace has become. The participants shared their perceptions, awareness and personal experiences, showing their concern on increasing number of instances of GBV in cyberspace. Further, the finding acknowledges that GBV affects individuals of all genders and not just females. These findings bring out the urgent need for addressing and preventing GBV in India, including more awareness, education, and stronger legislative measures. The paper identifies gaps in the existing legal system and concludes by proposing suggestions for bridging the gaps. It advocates for comprehensive legislation to address GBV, drawing attention to raise awareness and establish support mechanisms for victims, promoting access to justice.