GOVT GUIDELINES TO REGULATE MATRIMONIAL WEBSITES SOON
NEW DELHI: A proof of identity may soon be a must for joining a matrimonial website with the government working on guidelines to regulate online matchmaking market as complaints of fake profiles, cyber stalking and cheating rise.
The government on Tuesday set up a five member interministerial panel to draft the guidelines that would have to be submitted within a fortnight to the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY), sources said.
A passport or a voter identity card, or any such proof held valid by the government, may have to be submitted, sources said.
According to industry insiders, the online matchmaking market, which is unregulated, is valued at least R400 crore with at least 18-20 big players. Bharatmatrimony is the biggest of them all with 1.4 million profiles followed by shaadi.com that claims to have 1.2 million users.