Delhi: At forensic lab, many rape and murder samples past expiry date

Over 7,000 cases are pending in the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) at Rohini, and 1,479 of those samples may no longer yield accurate results as they have crossed their one-year expiry date, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) pointed out to the Delhi government’s home department on Wednesday.

Calling it “an extremely serious lapse” on the part of the department, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal issued a notice to the home secretary, seeking an explanation and a report by November 12. Many of the samples pertain to cases of rape and murder of women, Maliwal stated in the notice.

“Sent Notice to Home Secy as Forensic Lab stated dat 1479 sample hv expired, wil no longer give accurate result. Denial of justice to victims(sic),” Maliwal tweeted. According to the DCW notice, 7,290 cases are pending before the FSL, dealing with testing bio-forensic, DNA, documentary, chemical and computer forensic unit samples.


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