Government issued guidelines for matrimonial sites


New Delhi: The matrimonial sites will be soon required to follow the guidelines and the IT Act. The government wants them to make it mandatory, to authenticate users with true copies of identity and address proofs.

IT and telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today approved an advisory on functioning of the matrimonial websites, which will give details about the set of rules they need to follow to check abuse on their platforms, official sources said. 

Matrimonial websites are intermediary under section 2 of Information Technology Act and they are mandated to follow IT Act, a source said.

As per the advisory, matrimonial websites will need to confirm the "user's intent to enter in to matrimonial alliance" and "confirm that the user information is correct to the best his or her knowledge" when they register to join the platform.

With this advisory coming in place, users of matrimonial websites will be required to submit or upload true copies of supporting documents such as proof of identity and address for the purpose of user verification.

"It is advisable that matrimonial websites should provide a list of legally verifiable document which shall serve proof of identity," the advisory said.