Judicial Resource Guide on Forging a Survivor-Centric Approach to Online Gender-Based Violence

IT for Change’s portal 'Judicial Resource Guide on Forging a Survivor-Centric Approach to Online Gender-Based Violence' serves as a tool for judges and lawyers to acquire a comprehensive understanding of gendered cyberviolence and to discover rights-based and survivor-focused solutions within the legal framework. The portal is organized into five modules: Case Studies, Typologies of Offences in Law, Access to Justice Issues, Contours and Intersectionality, and Rights-Based Approaches. Furthermore, the portal includes a detailed glossary and bibliography for legal and research references.

The resource guide portal aims to accomplish the following:

1. To provide frameworks for judges and practicing lawyers to follow gender-sensitive approaches and move away from patriarchal notions while hearing and deciding cases.

2. By bringing in gender-sensitive perspectives, to point to solutions within existing legal frameworks and re-imagine the applicability of legal remedies to diverse groups of women, who owing to their particular social locations, are often targeted by online abuse.

3. To offer training modules for members of the legal community and judiciary across India to promote gender-sensitive readings of the law in cases of online gender-based violence.

4. To contribute to training curricula, including courses run by judicial academies.

The portal can be accessed here.

Additionally, you can view a study published by IT for Change that carried an empirical analysis of Indian cases and prevalent judicial attitudes vis-à-vis online gender-based violence here.


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