New Delhi, Nov 19: Government is contemplating to make some guidelines to rein in burgeoning matrimonial websites. This is being done amidst reports that prospect grooms at times give false online information about themselves.
Not only that, it has also been found that sometimes they (prospect groom) stalk and harass prospect bride and their families. Keeping such things in the mind, Centre is working on a plan to regulate online websites which solemnize marriages.
According to a TOI report, an inter-ministerial panel has been set up for the same. The panel has been given task to prepare a draft within a fortnight.
The panel members include representatives from various walk of life. It has one member each from Women and Child Development ministry, Home Affairs and IT department.
It is being said that the panel will recommend valid identity proof of prospect brides and grooms. The committee will also suggest a full fledged grievance redressal mechanism to check forgery.
When prodded to speak on the issue, an official was quoted by TOI as saying , "We have been receiving a lot of complaints about fraud being committed by men posing as prospective grooms. We would like these websites to put in place certain mechanisms that ensure that users can verify the identity given online before they commit to further communication''.
"We expect a first draft within the next 15 days. It will be reviewed and if it meets the concerns of all stakeholders, the IT ministry will notify it under the Information Technology Act," official further said when asked about the time-frame till when draft will be ready.
Reportedly, WCD minister Maneka Gandhi is very serious on the front. She wants proper mechanism in place to keep a tab on matrimonial websites.
Recently Ministry had a meeting with the owners of these websites. Trying to tighten the noose around these websites, the Ministry asked owner why people were able to get away with false identities. It has been suggested that matrimonial websites must ask prospective grooms to submit a valid identification proofs like Aadhaar card or PAN card to prevent forgery on the front.