DoT (Department of Telecommunications), which is the main regulatory governmental body of telecommunications in India, has restricted foreign visitors from using SIM cards. The step is taken to curb growing graph of cybercrimes in India.
As per the new rules, telecom service providers won’t be able to provide mobile connection to any foreign tourist for more than 3 months. Also, the validity of mobile connection to any foreign tourist will be limited to the time-span of his/her foreign visa.
The new regulation came as a part of preventive measures, as several cases of cybercrimes and misuses of SIM cards were found related to foreigners.
The new rule of DoT also prevents any user to have bulk mobile connections. Now onwards a maximum of 10 mobile connections are allowed per person in any telecom circle.
Now onwards, to get a mobile connection in India foreign tourists will require the following documents :
- Address Proof in India
- Passport with Visa Information
- CAF (Consumer Application Form)
According to Kerala Police reports, in 2011 alone about 80,000 cases of cybercrimes were registered, out of which 50,000 victims were women. Most of these cybercrimes were executed with mobiles, smartphones or hand-held devices.