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India gets a sex offenders registry. What’s that?

[indiatoday.in – 9/13/21]

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.

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  1. NY won't let go

    Apparently the US is the only of the 9 countries with a national registry who makes it public. All others are for law enforcement eyes only “allegedly”

  2. David

    I once received a warning citation for “Rafter Rustling”, I was in 5he attic at the time. I didn’t realize my actions were inappropriate.😳
    But “Eve Teasing” is definitely a step too far!! 🤯
    [BTW, does anyone have the foggiest idea what “EveTeasing” actually is??🤔]

  3. David

    I once received a warning citation for “Rafter Rustling”, I was in the attic at the time, installing insulation. I didn’t realize my actions were inappropriate.😳
    But “Eve Teasing” is definitely a step too far!! 🤯
    [BTW, does anyone have the foggiest idea what “EveTeasing” actually is??🤔]

    • ab

      According to a search for “what is eve teasing”:

      Eve-teasing is a euphemism used throughout South Asia, which includes (but is not limited to) India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, for public sexual harassment or molestation (often known as “street harassment”) of women by men, where Eve alludes to the very first woman, according to the Biblical creation story.

      Seems like activity that is ambiguous as what could qualify as sexual assault, sexual harassment, or molestation here.

  4. NY won't let go

    Another term for it is “outraging modesty” in Muslim countries.

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