Sexual harassment defined by the Indian Penal Code


Some of the forms of sexual harassment recognized by the law are:

  • physical contact, advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures,
  • demand or request for sexual favours
  • making sexually coloured remarks
  • forcibly showing pornography
  • sharing a woman’s intimate photograph or video against her consent.
  • morphing a woman’s face or other identifiable parts with another person, to wrongfully imply that the woman was in a compromising situation.
  • spying on a woman while she is engaged is something private.
  • trying to disrobe a woman.
  • stalking a woman.

Please read about the laws against sexual harassment and sexual harassment in workplaces that are established in India to protect women.

Here are some important things to keep in mind about reporting a case of sexual harassment, about medical aid for a victim, etc.