The Centre on Thursday approved an advisory that will make it mandatory for matrimonial websites to verify the identities of users with copies of their ID and address proofs. Approved by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the proposal is aimed at keeping a check on the misuse of such websites by preventing obscene content from being shared and from the sites from being used as dating platforms, PTI reported.

The advisory stipulates rules matrimonial sites need to follow to monitor the use of the platforms, officials said. They will have to confirm users’ “intent to enter into matrimonial alliance”, as well as affirm that the information provided at the time of registration is authentic.

Once the rule is brought into effect, users will have to submit or upload true copies of documents like ID and address proofs for verification. The Centre has also advised matrimonial websites to warn users against possible fraudsters, appoint grievances redressal officer on their portals and to store the IP addresses of those who create profiles.