Delhi Police has become the first police force in India to make a collection of forensic evidence mandatory in crimes punishable by more than six years. Delhi is a union territory and is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora issued a ‘Standard Order’, to all the police units.
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Key Points related to Collection of Forensic Evidence
- The order came into force after Home Minister Amit Shah pushed at Zonal Council Meeting.
- In the Zonal Council Meeting, Mr. Amit Shah informed that the government was going to overhaul the British-era Indian penal code.
- The changes in making the collection of forensic evidence compulsory in criminal cases punishable was one of the initial steps.
- Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized the fact that custodial torture has roots in colonial India, however, the conviction of a criminal can be achieved based on forensic evidence.
- The Delhi police order also suggests that the force has its own ‘mobile crime team van’, in each district.
- The forensic Mobil van will be allotted to each district to provide scientific and forensic assistance on the spot.