@ashish this has been an issue with the industry ever since its infancy. Especially when, in a mad dash to achieve 'large numbers', sites/apps have been happily allowing everyone to register. Thus, you have sites/apps that boast x million users. It's not even a vanity metric; it's an irrelevant metric, given the quality of most of the profiles.
IMO, the only way to really get genuine profiles is to not only get ID proofs & social data (both are table stakes today), but also actually interview users, before getting them onto the platform. Additionally, reporting and curation needs to be continuous and not just at the time of registration. Unlike other public communities like NBW, dating/matrimonial sites are beset with several complex signalling issues and there's a huge (perceived, not real) incentive to lie - i.e. to project more than who one really is. That's the fundamental issue you face when allowing any and every person to sign up on relationship sites/apps. Makes the numbers look great, but the customer experience really sucks.
The government's missive is a red herring. Of course, those of us who comprise the industry will comply, but it shouldn't take government intervention to get this right. Startups need to take the onus on ourselves to provide a safe and world-class experience to our users. Just like in any other industry. Ask us, we've been at it for 5 years and our customers swear by the quality of people they meet on our platform.
Siddharth Mangharam, Founder and CEO, Floh.