The Big Picture: National Database of Sexual Offenders
In a first-of-its-kind, India released the National Database of Sexual Offenders today. The registry has key details like names, photographs, residential address, fingerprints, DNA samples, and PAN and Aadhaar numbers, of convicted sexual offenders according to media reports. The database, which will be maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau, will also contain over 4.5 lakh cases. The cases have profiles of first-time and repeat offenders. Before India, UK, US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Trinidad & Tobago have maintained the data record. However, in the US, documents can be accessed by public. But in India, the details will be available only to law enforcement agencies. The decision to set up the database was taken in April this year following nationwide outrage over cases of sexual assault on minors.