India’s new National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), a resource only law enforcement authorities can access, has 4.4 lakh entries.
Who’s in it? The government said Thursday, the day of the launch, that it would “include offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing”. POCSO stands for Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.
Each entry has the following information: Name, address, photograph and fingerprint details. A graphic tweeted by the Women and Child Development Ministry said it would also include DNA samples, and PAN and Aadhaar numbers.
“The State Police have been requested to regularly update the database from 2005 onwards,” the government has said.
HOW WILL THE REGISTRY HELP?
Sexual crime is in the news all too often in India — this year, for example, chilling rape cases have been reported in Kathua, Unnao, Patna, Muzaffarpur and Chennai.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the launch of the NDSO and a second portal — which citizens can use to complain anonymously about online content such as child porn — were part of the effort to make India safer for women and children.