India recently became the ninth country in the world to launch a National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO). It was rolled out by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) along with Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Features of NDSO:-

• Contains details of around 4.5 lakh people
convicted of various sexual offences: It will
include names and aliases, address,
photograph, identifiers including PAN and
AADHAAR, criminal history, fingerprints and
palm prints among others of the people
convicted under charges of rape, Protection
of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)
and of “eve-teasing”, from 2005 onwards.

• Maintained by National Crime Records
Bureau (under Ministry of Home Affairs): It
will also track regular updation of records by
the State Police.

• Accessible only to Law Enforcement
Agencies: for the purpose of investigation and
monitoring cases of sexual offences and
employee verification.

• Would not compromise any individual’s
privacy: will have details of persons above 18
years of age and appeals against a conviction
will have to be updated by state prisons. An
accused can be tracked until an acquittal on
appeal.extend to three years and shall also be liable
to fine.

• The offence is non-bailable.