Cabinet Approves DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 (Important) (Download PDF)

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Union Cabinet approved DNA Technology (Use & Application) Regulation Bill 2018 to expand application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support & strengthen justice delivery system of country.

Image of Cabinet approves DNA Technology Regulation Bill, 2018

Image of Cabinet Approves DNA Technology Regulation Bill, 2018

Image of Cabinet approves DNA Technology Regulation Bill, 2018

Objective

  • Main objective behind enactment of bill is to expand application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support & strengthen justice delivery system of country.

  • Use of DNA based technologies for solving crimes & to identify missing persons is well recognized across world.

Key Features

  • DNA Technology (Use & Application) Regulation Bill provides for mandatory accreditation & regulation of DNA laboratories.

  • Thru this, it seeks to ensure that w/proposed expanded use of this technology, there is assurance that DNA test results are reliable & data remain protected from misuse or abuse in terms of privacy rights of country’s citizens.

  • Bill seeks to ensure speedier justice delivery & increased conviction rate.

  • Bill’s provisions will enable cross-matching b/w persons who are reported missing on one hand & unidentified dead bodies found in various parts of country on other.

  • It will help in establishing identity of victims in mass disasters.

Significance of the Bill

  • Forensic DNA profiling is of proven value in solving cases involving offences that are categorized as affecting human body such as murder, rape, human trafficking, or grievous hurt & those against property including theft, burglary & dacoity.

  • Aggregate incidence of such crimes in country, as per statistics of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2016, is over 3 lakh per year.

  • Among these, only very small proportion is being subjected to DNA testing at present.

  • It is expected that expanded use of technology in these categories of cases would result in speedier justice delivery & in increased conviction rates, which at present is only around 30%, as per NCRB Statistics for 2016.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2018

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