Navigating the Metaverse: Unveiling the Spectrum of Opportunities and Challenges, With a Focus on Sexual Harassment and Legal Frontiers

  • Archita Jain and Gunika
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  • Archita Jain

    Student at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

  • Gunika

    Student at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

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The Digital World has come to reality in the form of an online-based possible substitute for the real world. Metaverse is nowadays the most commonly used virtual-reality world which offers its users several activities ranging from playing and socializing, to attending concerts or even marrying. All these activities are undertaken by the virtual being of the user known as the ‘Avatar’. The Virtual reality world comes up with a platform, gear, and headset combined with haptic technology to give a real-life sensation of touch. As per the data, there are 400 million monthly active users on the Metaverse. There is an ever-growing craze for the Metaverse as evident from the fact that the famous pop singer Justin Bieber performed live in the Metaverse. This is not the only instance many Indian corporations are actively promoting the use of virtual realities in their businesses. But like every other innovation metaverse is not all crime-proof. Incidents of Sexual Harassment in the metaverse are not a new occurrence. Several posts on social media related to ‘Virtual Rape’ garnered negative responses, with netizens questioning the seriousness of the crime. The use of Hapatic devices makes the experience all the more real which is a compelling reason why stringent laws are needed to tackle the problem of sexual harassment in the metaverse. Some laws that regulate privacy matters and prohibit sexual harassment could come to the rescue of women but they are not adequate and have several limitations from the non-applicability to Digital Avatars, Cross Border crimes, to the anonymity of the identity of the avatars. However, since the metaverse is still evolving the state governments are expected to evolve with the ever-growing techs.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 81 - 96


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