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No Casual Hookups on Matrimonial Sites as India Lays Down Rules

  • Standards adopted to check ‘cheating’ on such sites: minister
  • Information technology ministry approved the rules on Thursday

Like a protective parent, India’s government will notify rules to govern matrimonial websites to ensure they aren’t used by those not intent on marriage.

The government will make it mandatory for websites to keep IP address records as well as make those looking for love upload documents proving their identity to be doubly sure that the websites aren’t being “misused,” a government official told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday, asking not to be identified. Users of these sites have to verify that they intend to use it as a matrimonial service, the official said.

“We have approved the standards to check the cheating on such websites,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s minister for communications and information technology. “Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi was actively pursuing the matter. Since it was related to IT Act, our ministry approved this today.”

India is seeing a surge in online matrimony as more people go online even while a large number of marriages continue to be arranged by parents based on caste and religious values. A tradition of the bride and family members being adorned with gold ornaments during weddings has helped make India the world’s second-largest consumer of the precious metal, based on data from the World Gold Council.

Websites should say whether they are dating or matrimonial websites, the government official said. Users will be forbidden from posting “objectionable photos” on such sites, the official said.

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