The theme of the two-day Conference was ‘Role of Forensic Science in countering crime against women’. About 300 forensic science experts participated in the conference organised by the Directorate of Forensic Science Services (DFSS) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Babulal Gaur, said that the Annual Forensic Conferences are an appropriate and effective platform to discuss sensitive crime investigation and deliberate upon research on cyber crimes, forensic reforms, development and modernisation programme keeping in pace with international standards.
The Directors of the Central and State FSLs recognized the importance of accreditation of the laboratories. Some of the laboratories are already accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). Other laboratories also resolved to initiate steps towards accreditation. With a view to streamline case handling, the Directors also decided to update and revise the Standard Operating Procedures and Manuals for various forensic disciplines such as DNA, Chemistry, Ballistics, questioned documents etc.
Participants were sensitized on the need for victim-centric approach in handling sexual assault cases. Mr. Wim Van Geloven, Director of Academy, Netherlands Forensics Institute, Netherlands presented a small kit for handling sexual offences.
At the end of the two-day Conference, eight Best Papers were awarded in Oral and Poster category in main forensic disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Documents. Shri Rijiju announced the call of nominations for Union Home Minister’s Award for Forensic Sciences. Awards would include Life Time Achievement Award (Rs.1.00 lakhs with Medal and Citation), R&D Award (three awards for Rs.50,000/- each) and Young Scientist Award (Rs.10,000. /-).
Shri Rijiju also laid the foundation stone for the new Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) at Bhopal. The new CFSL to be constructed by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of Rs.53.72 crores will have Divisions for Digital Forensics, Forensic DNA, Narcotic Drugs, Toxicology, Ballistics etc.