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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
An Indian couple enjoy a sunset view from Marine Drive in Mumbai, India.
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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.