Inadequate Forensic infra leads to low conviction rates: Home Minister

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Thursday said that the government is targeting to strengthen the education of Forensic Science in India.

The centre is aiming to make it mandatory for forensic teams to visit crime scenes that attract imprisonment of more than 6 years.

He admitted that currently India is insufficient in trained manpower in the field of Forensic science, and this is responsible for the low rates of conviction.

“We need to create fear in the mind of hardened criminals that they will be behind bars. To do this, you need trained manpower in forensic science, which is in shortage,” he said while addressing a gathering at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) in Goa.

To battle this insufficiency India is determined to develop institutions providing Forensic science Education. The Home Minister said that the aim is to ensure the involvement of Forensic team in all cases of crime that attract more than 6 years of imprisonment. To do this the Centre is planning to make available separate forensic teams in 600 districts of the country.

“In all the districts, there should be smaller forensic science laboratories and at each DSP-level (Deputy Superintendent of Police), there should be a mobile forensic van,” he said.

To execute this plan, there is requirement of 30,000 to 40,000 people.  “How can we create such an infrastructure?…That is why we require institutions providing forensic education,” Shah said.

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India’s first Forensic science university was established in Gujarat.

[Prepared by Nishant Mishra]