Govt Looking To Regulate Matrimonial Sites, Suggests Use Of ID Cards For Verification

The government is working on mandating the use of ID-cards (like voter id) and other guidelines before one can register on online matrimonial sites. The development came after several complaints of fake profiles, cyber bullying and cheating surfaced recently.

On Tuesday, the government set up a five member inter-ministerial panel to draft new guidelines that are to be submitted within a fortnight to the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY), reports HT.

Online match-making sites are currently unregulated and the market is valued at Rs 400 Crore along with 18-20 major players. Bharat Matrimony is considered as the biggest of all with around 1.4 million profiles followed by shaadi.com that claims to have around 1.2 million users.

“Once approved, the guidelines would be notified by the IT ministry under the IT act,” said a senior women and child development (WCD) ministry official.

Officials also told HT that the guidelines would be similar to the ones framed in 2011 to regulate cyber cafes which outlawed access to users without a proof of identity.

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