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Govt crawling on DNA Profiling Bill,CBI urges it to hurry,cites China

With the Central government failing to bring in a law making it mandatory for the DNA profile of each convicted person to be secured and made part of a national database....

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi |
July 12, 2010 4:40:29 am

With the Central government failing to bring in a law making it mandatory for the DNA profile of each convicted person to be secured and made part of a national database,the CBI has sent a letter urging that the same be expedited,citing the example of China.

In its letter to the Centre seeking that the DNA Profiling Bill be passed,the CBI has pointed out that China has 288 police DNA laboratories compared to just six in India,and of the 288,239 are interlinked. And that while India is still to begin compiling a national DNA profile database of criminals,China has compiled over 53.23 lakh profiles.

The database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),USA,has already crossed the 10 million mark,the letter says.

The CBI has also strongly recommended that till India gets a DNA profiling law,steps should be taken to “consolidate the forensic DNA profiles tested by DNA laboratories across the country by way of an executive decision so that the same are not allowed to be lost”.

Sources said the CBI sent the letter after its Additional Superintendent of Police (Anti-Corruption),Chandigarh, Armaandeep Singh returned from the 20th meeting of the Interpol DNA Monitoring Expert Group.

The letter also talks of the need to develop specific DNA kits containing markers suitable for such profiling in the context of the Indian population,as also developing or procuring a software for maintaining the DNA database.

While the Union Ministry of Science and Technology had prepared the DNA Profiling Bill in 2007,it was not introduced in Parliament. Among other things,the Bill provides for starting a national database of DNA profiles,setting up of a DNA Profiling Board comprising scientists,administrators and officers of law enforcement agencies,and sharing of criminals’ DNA profiles with other countries to tackle terrorism.

Sources said the Department of Biotechnology had been asked to work in association with the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics,Hyderabad,to update the 2007 Bill.

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