Samples should be sent to labs sans FIR details: DCW
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Jaihind on Tuesday inspected the forensic science laboratory (FSL) in Rohini on Tuesday and suggested only a code of the victim must be generated and should be provided along with samples.
The Commission for long has been claiming that inadequate infrastructure at the FSL has resulted in the delay in justice to women affected by sexual crimes.
The key parameters under which the inspections were conducted included pendency of samples, transparency in functioning and enhancement of infrastructure.
Taking a strong note of how delay in providing samples was proving to be a major reason for delay in justice to women affected by sexual crimes, the DCW in 2015 had issued a notice to FSL where it was revealed that there were over 7,000 pendency samples.
On Tuesday, the DCW was informed that the figures have been reduced to 5,000 pendency samples with revamping of infrastructure and bringing in more manpower. The FSL has recruited 120 scientific personnel on contractual basis. It was informed to the commission that reports of fresh cases are prepared in 2 months while 250 cases are also taken every month.
The director Madhulika Sharma informed that the FSL was mulling over the proposal of procuring an advanced medicine that can test samples in 90 minutes. Taking a note of the victims, complete details of FIR as well as address of the accused being provided to FSL, DCW Chief Swati Maliwal highlighted that this process should be discouraged as the scope of corruption and collusion increases in such scenario.
Other significant issues that were raised in revamping of infrastructure of forensic science included installation of CCTV cameras.
"Delayed and inconclusive forensic reports significantly delays justice to victims of crime. While significant improvement has been made in FSL since the Commission first took up the matter in October 2015, several serious issues still need to be resolved and the pendency should be brought down to zero at the earliest," she added.