Pune: With several cases of divorce and dowry harassment reported every year in the state, experts and private investigators have pointed out the need for complete background check of prospective brides and grooms to minimise the risk of post-wedding problems.
Experts have pointed out that traditional method of background check of prospective bride and groom is not possible now as people have started migrating for jobs and other reasons combined with culture of nuclear families.
Speaking on the issue, Julian D'Souza, CEO of Shaadiverify.com said advances in technology and the evolution of computer applications like Photoshop have made it easy for people to not only falsify employment and education certificates, but also change skin tones and one’s appearance in photographs.
“While physical attributes cannot be hidden beyond a certain point of time, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and financial status can be faked over longer periods. It is not uncommon for a newly-married individual to find out that his or her partner is gay, or is not as financially sound as claimed earlier,” added Julian D’Souza.
He said marriage is one of the most important steps in life and so it becomes vital that a thorough background check is done before making the commitment. As per the CEO no one likes to proactively present their negative traits and so the prospective bridge and groom indulge in sharing wrong information which can be detrimental for their would be partners. “No candidate seeking a job will ever mention their weaknesses and character traits on their bio-data, but the recruiting company HR is responsible for conducting due diligence before the hiring. In the case of profiles on online matrimonial sites, some even go to the extent of faking or providing false information for several reasons ranging from covering up their shortcomings to outright cheating. Although our estimate is that such fraudulent profiles constitute approximately 2 per cent on any matrimonial website. After checking for details including standard of living, education qualification, feedback from colleagues and neighbours, social media activity and others the clients are given expert advice so that the clients can take a fair decision,” added Julian D’Souza.
A private investigator Rajesh Pandey from Corporate Intelligence Services said he has helped many people in need of pre-matrimonial and post-matrimonial background checks of their would be and actual life partners. Pandey advises that it is important to check for family background, financial background, character, habits and behaviour of a person before wedding. “Matrimony websites just check whether the person is authentic and not fake by checking their Aadhaar details but they do not check detailed background of a person. Similarly we should check whether the person has a criminal background,” added Pandey, who has come across cases where the groom has faked his salary details as the bride was earning more compared to him.
Cyber expert Anil Raj said the online matrimonial portals are yet to evolve as they they do not have facilities of police verification.
Year Section 498 A (Cruelty by husband or his relatives) cases
Source: Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department