Shah stresses on need to increase conviction rate in India
Dharwad, January 28: On Saturday Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized on the need to increase the conviction rate of India. To integrate the criminal justice system with forensic science-based investigation, in order to set right the law and order situation in the country.
While speaking at the event he stressed the country has been making strides in the field of forensic science. Our country will have the largest number of forensic science experts in five years, he said.
"I can tell the countrymen that, if any country in the whole world will have the largest number of forensic science experts in five years, it will be in India. Because India's National Forensic Sciences University is the first such unique university in the world," Shah said.
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Further, he said after laying the foundation for an off-campus facility of National Forensic Sciences University, the crime world is changing at a fast pace whether it is related to fake currency, hawala transaction, infiltration at the border, narcotics, cybercrime, crime against women, criminals have gone far ahead than the police.
"Unless the police are two steps ahead of the criminals, prevention of crime is impossible. If police have to be two steps ahead, we have to increase the conviction ratio. Unless the basis of the investigation is not scientific, not on the basis of forensic science, we will not be able to get punishment for the culprits in the court," he added.
Union Minister also said that for such crime scenes of offences that will attract punishment of more than six years, the forensic science officer must reach first, the Union Minister complimented the Karnataka police for implementing it in urban areas. It will also be helpful in crime detection and conviction.
Top officials such as Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, several other ministers from the state, legislators, and Police departments were present at this event.
Union Home Minister further said that India is progressing so the challenges will also increase. The three parts for law and order, one is practical law and order which is managed by police, crime investigation in which forensic science has a big role, and then strengthening the criminal justice system.
"Forensic science evidence will be given importance in our justice system, so we are amending the IPC, CrPC and Indian Evidence Act to strengthen it for giving punishment to criminals based on scientific evidence," he said.
Further in his speech he elaborated on the NFSU campuses which is slowly coming up at various places across the country, we will get 10,000 experts who will strengthen the criminal justice system for years to come.
During his address, Shah credited former deputy prime minister and ex-Union home minister LK Advani for starting the forensic science department in the country and for putting focus on the subject.
He later said Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister took the initiative to have the best-in-class forensic science laboratories, and identified the lack of trained experts that resulted in the establishment of Gujarat Forensic Sciences University.
As Prime Minister in his second term, Modi thought about National Forensic Sciences University and it was established, Shah said, adding that he is proud of being the Home Minister of the state and nation, when universities were established in Gujarat and at the national level respectively.
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- With inputs from agencies