NEW DELHI: The Centre plans to crack the whip making matrimonial websites responsible for obscene material or misuse of their platform for dating or chatting. Prospective grooms and brides will now have to give proof of identity and address before they can register on a matrimonial website, according to draft guidelines by the ministry of women and child development.
Transmitting obscene material electronically already comes under the Information Technology Act, Section 67 that prescribes a jail term of three years and penalty of Rs 5 lakh for the first offence and a prison term of 5 years and fine of Rs 10 lakh for subsequent offences.
Speaking in Jaipur at the All India Regional Editors conference WCD minister Maneka Gandhi said, “We are reforming matrimonial websites, reforms will be in place next month.” The minister has been vocal on her concern over the growing “misuse” of matrimonial websites as a ruse to cheat people. Complaints have poured in about fraudulent claims by users.
The guidelines say, users will have to give proof of identity and address before they are registered on any website. The identity proof could be Aadhar card, voter identity card or driver’s license among others while for foreigners it could be their passport.
The draft says that before activation of the users profile, the service provider will have to verify that the proof of identity and photo given match. “The local contact can be telephonically verified. In case the documents are found to be forged, the account will be disabled and referred to the police within three days,” a source said.
To safeguard against misuse, websites will give a declaration that the site is only for matrimonial matches and not dating or chatting or posting obscene material.
The websites will be tasked with setting up a grievance redressal mechanism.
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