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How to Take Legal Action against Mental Harassment in India?

By Indranil Published On 07 Nov 2020 Updated On 07 Aug 2021 Category Legal Advice 54 comments

Initially, such a kind of harassment was seen in failed marriages but with the advancement of time. IPC Section 498 gives valid ground for divorce to women to protect themselves from cruelty. It could be mental harassment/abuse or torture done by anybody in life.

We see how women are affected even in the workplace, where an employer or employee is found guilty of causing sexual or mental harassment towards any women. We also see how many celebrities came out in the open and had discussed their #MeToo issues which they have faced in their life.

From different case scenarios, cruelty seems to be always on the top as the most popular ground for divorce in India, whereas adultery comes just after it. However, Section 498 of the IPC Act is the governing law for mental torture in India amongst married couples. Don't tolerate any more by still being shut about the mental torture, fight against the unjust.

Categorization of Harassment

Harassment can occur in any form but let us see a few common types:

  • Mental Harassment
  • Physical Harassment
  • Discriminatory Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Emotional or Psychological Harassment
  • Harassment based on race, gender or religion
  • Cyber bullying or Online Harassment

Below here are a few Indian laws that deal with various forms of Harassment:

1. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

2. Indian Penal Code, 1860.

The term "Mental Harassment" has not been specifically defined under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC). However, harassment can be interpreted in terms of cruelty or torture. The relevant sections are as follows: –

A. Section 294: Obscene acts and songs:

B. Section 354: Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty.-

C. Section 354A: Sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment.

D. Section 498A: Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty

E. Section 509: Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.

3. Information Technology Act, 2000

This law aims to give legal recognition to online transactions and also deals with various acts and offences which may be committed online:

  1. Section 67: Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.
  2. Section 67A: Punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing the sexually explicit act, etc., in electronic form.
     


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PAWAN kumar

28 Jun, 2021

Sir, Mai ek limited company me 1 Sal se kam kr rha hu. Pichle 6 mahine se hum are plant head mejhe mentally tourchure kr rhe ha I. Resign dene ka pressure bna rhe ha I. Bahut bar gaaliya , sexual word bahut gande bolte ha I. Weekly 1/2 bar bahut bure tarike se sabhi k samne galiya bolte ha I. Please suggest me..

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28 Jun, 2021

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Harsh udesh

28 May, 2021

I have been facing mental & physical harrasment by my relatives since 2018 but now I am adult 19 year old basically they had tortured me and my girlfriend from 3 years they even have tries to do Honor killing of us. They defamed us ,gave threats to both of us how ever we have survived these 3 years but now I want legal help against them please help ???????? they even attacked with me this month with hundreds of glass bottles however that incident has been recorded in my helmet action camera please someone help us we will pay the fee

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29 May, 2021

Hello Harsh, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing presently. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Sarika

25 May, 2021

Mere husband mujhe cheat kar rahe the,by what's up conversation me pakde jane par mistake ladki ki bata rahe hai,is what's up conversation ko proof karne,aur sach pata karne ke liye mujhe kiski help leni Chahiye,me meri shadi ko bachana chahti hoon,aur mere husband bhi yahi kah rahe hai,wo sorry bol kar apni mistake sudharna chahte hai,but me ye chahti hoon ki mere husband ne mujhe jo clarification diya wo sahi hai,kya dusri ladki inke peeche thi,mere husband ne jo kaha wahi sach hai,ya kuch aur me in par trust tabhi kar paungi jab baat ki pushti ho payegi,plz suggest mujhe kya karna Chahiye kiski help leni Chahiye.

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26 May, 2021

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Dhakshayani

23 Aug, 2021

I had an sexual harassment with someone who had been loved for a 8years , he is married now and want me to be with him, he had even kid but still he is doing worst thing with me

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24 Aug, 2021

Hello Dhakshayani, thank you for sharing your issue with us. The Advocate Panel of Online Legal India will get back to you soon to discuss and resolve your issue by filing a consumer complaint against Mental Harassment.

anomus

23 Jul, 2021

Hi i would like to share my experience with my company and need guidance with the same . I am working in this us based company from the last four hears and the company started with only 6 people now the company is with 15 people and initially was working very well now the ceo of the company is giving mental torcher to us abusing yelling out which is affecting the mental health very badly . They always threaten me to remove me from the company need to know what should be done i am broke very badly.

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28 Jul, 2021

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maninder singh

23 May, 2021

hello sir we r two brothers only i m not married my brothers wifejusts want to kick me out as i was not living from 10 years as i was doing job 100 km from my house now i m living my brother not returning my money they r making me mentally upset so i need help to recover my money???

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24 May, 2021

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Shobhit goel

22 Aug, 2021

I am harassing my colleagues at mingling noida. I am afraid they might complain against me. What should I do?

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23 Aug, 2021

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Sillysyndrome

21 Aug, 2021

My wife works in Haldiram's nagpur and she is being mentally harashed. What steps can be taken?

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21 Aug, 2021

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Jagruti

21 May, 2021

Hi I am going through bad phase as my husband has kicked me out of the house along with kids from past 8 mths has not give money neither to me or my kids.need legal advice

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21 May, 2021

Hello Jagruti, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing for the last 8 months. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Sumana Bhattacharjee

18 Jun, 2021

I am facing issue of mental harrasment, trauma, social defamation & character assassination. I need help.

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18 Jun, 2021

Hello Sumana, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing presently. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Swati

18 Jun, 2021

Hi, I have been married for 2 and a half year.. I have a daughter too, sheb is 18 months old. My sister in law created lots of problems in home since my arrival.. a police case was also filed and physical and mental abuse happened too. I always remained distant because I was new and I never wanted any kind of misbehave in family.. my in-laws even boycotted her from household works and told her to love her life as she wants...but since last few days my in-laws are mentally harrassing me and saying bad things to me.. I am a patient of low BP... And I face issues when such things happen.. I don't won't to live with them but they are not even letting me out. Please suggest me ways to get out of this hell. My husband is also not supportive and totally ignoring my mental tension.

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18 Jun, 2021

Hello Swati, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing presently. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Bindu

17 Aug, 2021

Sir,mai ek house wife hu mere husband roj drink kr k ghar e gali galoch karte hai mai kai salo se bardasht kar rahi thi pr ab baat zada badh gyi hai wo bacho ko bhi ganda ganda bolte hai bete ka to jeena mushkil kar rkha hai .aisa karne ko mna kro to bohat gandi bhasha ka use karte .Mera man karta hai mai sucide kar lo.mai pareshan ho gyi hu . please help kijiye.

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17 Aug, 2021

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Arpana Saikia

17 Jun, 2021

Hello sir, this is about my sister. She was in a relationship with a for 7 years. They're about to get married but problem arises when the guy started doubting her, abusing her, mentally harass her. He even abused me and my father also on the phone. He texted or call and abuses my father and sister on & off. This is happening for almost 1 yr. Recently he threaten my father to leak sister photos and videos. My parents are so scared. I beling from a middle class family. Please tell me what is the best action I can take without getting harm by that person.

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17 Jun, 2021

Hello Aparna, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing presently. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Karuna

17 May, 2021

I want to know the legal procedure for how to sue the in-laws for mental harassment done for 13 yrs and trying to break my relationship with my husband without taking divorce.

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17 May, 2021

Hello Karuna, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing for the last 13years. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Lubna

17 Apr, 2021

Hi , i am from Mumbai and had been relocated to Bangalore ..I had made some friends there and In a group of 6 kannadiga i was the only maharastrian girl in that group ,i have been approached for threesome by a Kannada couple.(Rajesh Kamat and Suvarna Kamat ) after saying No to them they spread humours about me on there group and abused me ..I have been bullied by them and Mentally Torchured..i am getting suicidal thoughts And i am not able to focus on work please assist me how can i take legal action against them

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18 Apr, 2021

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Kavisha Bagga

15 Sep, 2021

I want to know if a father is harassing a daughter mentally then what legal actions she should take or she has.

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16 Sep, 2021

Hello Kavisha, don't worry our Legal Expert will get back to you to discuss and resolve your issue by filing a Consumer Complaint against Mental Harassment.

Nitika

14 Jul, 2021

Hlo sir , i m a tutor in an institute and a optional student who study for further study online . On an online platform i became a friend of a person who belong to rajasthan and he is too younger then me . While in a small time period we become good friends and that person started me emotional trochee by emotionally blackmail me i m big emotional he knew that very well . But i blocked him from everywhere he take a clone of my phone and started metally ande emotionally hars me by sending messages to my know and talk very rubbish about me I have alot of proof against him he always said to me when i become an SI then i come at ur native place and teach u a lesson how to leave a person without any reason and may times he said he kill me . I don't understand wht to do and how because at that i totally depressed ????.

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19 Jul, 2021

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Simran Kaur Thind

14 Apr, 2021

Hi one of my friend in India is facing mental abuse in her area she is from Ferozepur (Punjab). Some guys and some girls are bullying her also she attempt to do suicide. She cannot share this with her family also, those boys and girls reached her home and were threatening her. Her mental state is getting worse and worse. Please let me know what can I do in such condition.

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15 Apr, 2021

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Sagar

13 Jun, 2021

How can i connect you directly?

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14 Jun, 2021

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Juliya

13 May, 2021

Hi, in my 4 years of marriage, i have been treated very badly by my MIL. She has abused me and my husband a lot. But my husband is helpless since she is a widow since 17 years. Now our fights have become more intense, and the worst part is my kids are getting affected. Recently she raised her hand on me and my husband. When i told i will go to the police,she immediately went to the police station and filed complaint against me n my husband that we both have tortured her!! Now the police have given us notice!! Things have turned upside down. I need legal help n advice to protect me n my hubby. I doubt that later my MIL may drag us into legal matter. She still continues to stay with us, which i dont want. Kindly help me.

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13 May, 2021

Hello Juliya, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing currently. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Ranadhir Kumar Roy

11 Aug, 2021

I am working in a Ltd company. Working till 5years I understand he is not suit for the position. He is disobeying the code of ethics & mentally harass everytime. It is a British company & nobody look after what he is doing. Always try to maintain divide & rule policy. I complain against him to our Group Managing Director, but no action has taken. Everytime underestimate & humiliate infront of others. Even in this pandemic situation he came in office being infected with corona virus & one of our employee get effected. At this scenerio kindly suggest what to do.

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11 Aug, 2021

Hello Ranadhir, it is extremely sad to learn about the situation that you are facing currently. Our Legal Team will contact you soon to resolve your issue by filing a consumer complaint against Mental Harassment.

Mehak

11 May, 2021

Hi I m from Ludhiana married in bengaluru my husband tortured me even now I left and still he tortured me while textin

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12 May, 2021

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A.roy

10 Sep, 2021

Sir mere papa ko gujre 1 sal hua hai. Ghar main meri ma or sister hai. February 2021 ko ek flat dekh ne gaya tha. pasand ane par age bat ki . Main pahle din se hi main bol dia tha mera buged kam hain unhone amt kam karne ka bada ki tha jo unhone nahi kia. Registration se pahele unko bola tha amt kam par raha hain kuch din bad kijiye or flat ka pura amt clear kar deti hoon abhi. Unhone na bol dia. Abhi 4 month ho gaya hain abhi tak flat chabi. Proparty paper bhi nahi dia. Tab hamne bola emi system main dene ka permission manga ta kuki ek sath main amt clear nahi ho ra hain. Lekin unhone abhi tak chabi nahi di. Maine flat ko sale karke / loan leke payment clear karne ki kosis ki lekin nahi hua. Isliye flat promoter and unka lawer continu mujhe pressur de raha hain. Unhone blank chque bank main cancel karke fraud ka case karneki dhamki de ra hain. Partner ke nam se dusrose call karake dhomki d E ra hain. Humne sare servings deke flat karod ke rent main dusri jaga main hu Meri helth thik na hain or kal unki wakil ne 7 din ke ander payment karneki bola hain varna wo case karenge. Or unhone mujhse rent bali ghar ka pata bina puche unhone meri piche banda laga ke chori se address lia hai. Sir main heart or high pressure ke marij hoon. Bahud gandi bad sun li hain. Unke brokar se lekr lawer sob ka iss liye ma or sister ko mama ke ghar bhej dene ka faisla ki hain. Or main e sucide karne ka faisla ki hain. Pata naahi jab ap mujhe kar rahe hain tab main is dunia main nahi rahu. Lekin ap plz mere bahen ko idea de dena sir.barna marke bhi santi nahi paungi. Koi help nahi kar raka. Ulta mere father ke friend ne paise help karne ke liye unke ghar wo jab bulayenge din or rat kabhi bi. Kuch help koji sir.

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10 Sep, 2021

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Priyanka

10 Jun, 2021

Sir, Meri shadi ko 7 saal ho gye hai,,mere husband k sath meri koi problem ni hai,na hi father in law se...but meri mother in law mentally bhaut torture krti h ...dhmki deti h mujhe aur meri family ko ki suicide krungi tum logo ko badnam kr dungi...mujhe unse kuch ni chahiye bs mujhe mother in law k sath ni rahna h ...in baato pe bhi vo bawaal krti h ..aur bolti h tumhari beti asi hai vsi hai...main puri puri raat so ni pati ...meri mummy ko phn kr k chilati hai....ye krungi vo krungi...in sab k liye kya samadhan hai..plz btaye

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10 Jun, 2021

Hello Priyanka, it is very sad to learn about the situation that you are facing presently. The Legal Team of Online Legal India™ will be in touch with you shortly and would assist you to take Legal Action against Mental Harassment.

Sheikdawood

09 Mar, 2021

My.sister.forceblyto.be.breakourcommonwallwithhelpofpolicehowcanfilecomplaintandwhere

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09 Mar, 2021

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ashish kumar

08 Aug, 2021

sir mera name ashish kumar hai meri shadhi online shadhi.com se hui meri wife ka name pooja hai meri wife chote -2 isshu par 112 par call karke police bula leti hai jisme meri koi galti ni hoti or muje or meri famliy ko gali or batmeji karti h jisme mere mami or papa ni h hum done hi jo sath rahte h fir bhi mere sath batmaji hoti h humari shadhi ko 9 month hue h jisme 3 month wo mujse dor rahi h mene parshan hokar Susid karne ki bhi kosis ki par us par ko fark ni para wo muje par dahej or mahila utparan ki jutti fir karti h bar bar plz kya karu batao muje plz

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11 Aug, 2021

Hello Ashish, it is extremely hurtful to hear that you are facing such issue currently. Our Legal Team are about to reach out to you to resolve your issue and filing a consumer complaint against Mental Harassment. Don't worry!

Shalini

08 May, 2021

Hi my mother in law is treating me very badly, everyday she is fighting with me for one or the other reason and hitting me I don't have any support from my family. It is getting worse day by day I need some help to sort it out with disturbing my married life because my husband is a good person and loves me but but mother in law is only problem.

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12 May, 2021

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Aarushi

07 Aug, 2021

I am 28 years old women and My cousin has been mentally harassing me. He constantly ridicules & disrespects me. He only targets me and makes jokes about me in family/ any public gatherings. He has been bulling, insulting, taunting, name calling etc. with me from 10-15 years. I have asked him to stop multiple times but he has not. other family members laughs along with him. This is causing a lot of stress and mental trauma to me, leading to suicidal thoughts. Is there any legal action that I can take?

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10 Aug, 2021

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Amrita

03 Jul, 2021

Hello sir Mere husband mujhe and mere bacche ke g ke liye money ni de rahe, aur calls v block Kar ke Apne village chale gaye,...Kisi v Tarah ki help ni Kar rahe... What to do

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19 Jul, 2021

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Khushboo kumari

01 Oct, 2021

How to file a case against harrasment made my your husband

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02 Oct, 2021

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