January 8, 2009 12:16:02 am
Professor Kewal Krishan from the Anthropology department of Panjab University has been awarded a project worth Rs 7 lakh by the University Grants Commission titled the Association of foot with footwear-A forensic study based on characteristic impressions of soles on insoles of rubber slippers.
Explaining the aim of the project,the senior lecturer said it was related to the study of footwear during criminal investigation. The problem arises when a forensic scientist recovers footwear at the crime site but the criminal cannot be identified with that, he said. The study will be conducted on 1,000 adult individuals,both males and females.
The target group will be identified and a pair of slippers will be given to each individual. After five months,the slippers will be collected and studied for individualistic characteristics. The results of the research will help the forensic scientist make decision about the inclusion or exclusion of a potential suspect from having been present at the crime scene.
Dr Krishan is a renowned forensic anthropologist and his research papers have been published in international journals such as Forensic Science International and American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology among others.
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