GOVT GUIDE­LINES TO REG­U­LATE MAT­RI­MO­NIAL WEB­SITES SOON

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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