Union Government on 20th September 2018 released India's first National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO).
The National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO) was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. With the launch, India became the ninth nation to maintain such a thorough database.
The National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO) would mainly include key details of the convicted sex offenders such as their names, photographs, residential address, DNA samples, fingerprints, Aadhaar numbers and Personal Account Numbers (PANs).
It is an initiative under the National Mission for Safety of Women. The database will be maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the occasion also launched the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal to check objectionable online content.
The portal (cybercrime.gov.in) will receive complaints from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material and sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.
Union Government had decided to set up the National Registry of Sexual Offenders in April 2018 after nationwide outrage over rising cases of sexual assault, including the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district.