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Absence of offender DNA database and defined set of markers key challenges for India

Improper sample collection and preservation, and the absence of a defined set of markers and a database on convicted offenders are the major challenges in realising the full potential of DNA profiling in criminal cases, a senior forensics official from India said.

Vivek Sahajpal, Assistant Director at the Department of Forensics Services, Himachal Pradesh, said DNA technology is regarded as the gold standard for the identification of individuals from biological evidence.

Sahajpal was the only Indian to present at the two-day global conference, Human Identification Solutions (HIDS) 2023. Speaking on India’s perspective on DNA profiling in criminal cases on Wednesday, he underlined the issues in DNA sampling, statistical analysis and databasing in the country.

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