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India's First Ever Sexual Offenders Database Launched With 4.4 Lakh Names

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| September 21 , 2018 , 15:17 IST

India has become the 9th country in the world to have a National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) after the first-of-its-kind national sex offenders' registry was launched on Thursday with names and details of 4.4 lakh people convicted for various sexual offences since 2005.

The database includes the name, address, photograph, fingerprint details, DNA samples, and PAN and Aadhaar numbers, of those convicted of sexual offences from across the country since 2005 onwards, including those convicted on charges of rape, gang rape, eve teasing and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenders Act (POCSO).

A Home Ministry statement said that the database would not compromise any individual’s privacy and will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of “investigation and monitoring”.

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Maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau, the database will also track whether State police are updating their records on time.

An initial proposal to set up a registry after the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case in New Delhi was mooted by the then UPA government. The decision to set up the database was finally taken in April this year by the NDA government after nationwide outrage over cases of sexual assault on minors, including the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

In addition to the NDSO, another portal (cybercrime.gov.in) was also launched in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The new portal will receive complaints directly from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, and sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.

“This will not only aid the victims/complainants but also help the civil society organisations and responsible citizens to anonymously report such complaints …The complaints registered through this portal will be handled by police authorities of respective State/UTs. There are other features, such as a victim or complainant can track his/her report by opting for ‘report and track’ option using his/her mobile number,” the statement said.