Delhi LG inaugurates DNA testing facility in Rohini for POCSO cases


Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena inaugurated an advanced DNA examination center for sexual assault and POCSO cases at Rohini Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) on Saturday.

The facility is equipped with machines capable of processing 24 samples simultaneously and providing an analysis report in 24 hours instead of the previous 72 hours, an official said.

It will also be staffed with 93 additional staff members, whose recruitment was recently sanctioned by the Lieutenant Governor.

The FSL receives 2,500 to 3,000 cases related to murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, protection of children from sexual offenses (POCSO), catastrophic tragedies and unidentified bodies. The new technology will help it perform biological and serological examinations and DNA typing much faster to ensure that court trials are not delayed, the official said.

Interacting with officials on this occasion, LG reiterated its instructions for prompt and accurate processing of cases referred to the FSL.

He was informed that since his last visit to FSL Rohini on June 29, 2022, when he gave instructions for rapid elimination and reporting of cases, there had been a 9% increase in such eliminations/reporting. said the manager.

Saxena also stressed that the growing number of POCSO and sexual assault cases must be addressed with a simultaneous focus on changing social and behavioral mindsets and ensuring proactive and highly vigilant policing.

The facility, named Advanced DNA Examination Facility for Sexual Assault and POCSO Cases, is equipped with the latest machinery like automated DNA extraction system and differential wash extraction system with advanced technology, exclusively for offenses sex and POCSO cases, the official said.

The Lieutenant Governor, while emphasizing the need for complete integrity and transparency in forensic examinations, emphasized the need to put in place technological systems that are free from human intervention and interface as far as possible.

He also emphasized diligent and scientific collection and preservation of samples for accurate results.

Since most samples are collected by police personnel, Saxena ordered that appropriate training be provided to such personnel on a periodic and ongoing basis, the official said.

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