Andhra Pradesh plans to use DNA database technology to track criminals, rapists
Source :News Bharati English   Date :03-Feb-2017

Hyderabad, February 3: When technology and legislation join hands the accuracy level attained to track crimes will definitely rise. Andhra Pradesh government who is on roll to use up technology in order to track and save the database of the criminals will set poise in the legislation to deal with crimes and bring in justice.Andhra Pradesh government is planning to draft a bill which will allow the state police to investigate and collect and store the DNA samples or genetic fingerprints in a centralized database to solve crime and track offenders. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, Additional Director-General of Police, said that “We would like to move quickly on this and are consulting international experts to draft a State law. We will likely have our law enabling this before the Centre does.”

The Centre’s Human DNA Profiling Bill, 2015, was prepared by the Department of Biotechnology and the Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA-Fingerprinting and Diagnostics. Several organizations on drafting this bill expressed their opposition as they said that this would violate the privacy.

This will function by collecting the saliva or blood sample of the convict and then storing the DNA in the centralized database. This database will help to track the repeat offenders in sexual assault and rapes especially. The database stored in the system will be used in tracing and finding the criminal to solve the case. On this Tim Schellberg, President of U.S based firm Gordon Thomas Honeywell said that he had held discussions with Andhra Pradesh and “several other State governments” six months ago. “There were some meetings but a lot of work still needs to be done.

“So far, about 70 million samples have been collected in 54 countries over 20 years, and there have been no instances of databases being compromised,” said Mr. Schellberg. Experts from forensic department said that state officials are relying on “extremely expensive technology” and “we also need to first train people in collecting DNA from crime scenes and storing them properly. A database can come later.”