To keep in check cyberstalking by men who set up fake profiles on matrimonial websites, soon the users will have to give an authentic ID-proof before registering on such sites.
An Aadhaar card or a driving licence or any government-approved identity proof will be required. “In most cases victims are women who fall prey to these fraudsters after getting introduced through fake profiles on matrimonial portal. There is a need for strengthening protective measures for all users of such websites,” a government official told HT
The users will also have to give an undertaking to the online service provider, confirming their intent for entering a matrimonial alliance.
As of now, the websites only ask for phone number of people who want to create their profile.
The measures, which are part of the draft guidelines finalized by the government, also include publishing contact of grievance officer and complaint redressal mechanism on websites.
“Registered users will be encouraged to report any fraudulent activity to such websites as well as to law enforcing agencies,” the draft guideline states.
The issue was raised by women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi in 2014 following complaints from women who were cheated while looking for grooms online. Further, Gandhi has also asked representatives of such websites to strengthen their security features.