'Just action from police only possible with investigation based on scientific evidence': Union Home Minister
Forensic science is an integral aspect of strengthening the criminal justice system, said Home Minister Amit Shah
Stating that police in the country are accused of either ‘No Action’ or ‘Extreme Action’, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that what India needs is ‘Just Action’ and this can happen only if we proceed with the investigation based on scientific evidence.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Center of Excellence for Research & Analysis of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances of the National Forensic Sciences University in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Noting that there are many challenges ahead of India in the 21st Century, he explained that in view of the changing face of crime due to 130 crore population and market, borders with difficult geographical location and neighboring countries, it is very necessary to strengthen forensic science and the criminal justice system.
“The government is engaged in a comprehensive dialogue with police officers, judges, lawyers and law universities across the country to bring about radical amendments to the three major laws - CrPC, IPC and Evidence Act, so that they can be modernized to serve the present day requirements,” Shah noted.
“When the government was formed for the second time under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, it was decided to establish this Center in view of the excellence and prestige of the National Forensic Science University worldwide and it was the most appropriate decision,” he informed.
The Union Home Minister said that to make the criminal justice system of the country more powerful and result-oriented, it was very important to make this University the best in the country.
Mentioning that the era of use of third degree is over, the Union Home Minister said now the toughest of criminals can be brought to justice on the basis of scientific investigation.
“Our New Education Policy also lays great emphasis on varied and scientific education. The Prime Minister also stresses that our Education Policy and system should be such that the students get the best knowledge in every field and its biggest gainer will be the National Forensic Science University,” he added.
Informing that 7 States of the country have expressed their desire to open Colleges and Centers of Excellence affiliated to the National Forensic Science University, Gujarat, Shah expressed confidence that the University will set up its branches across the country and offer an opportunity to the youth to come forward in forensic science.
The Cyber Defence Center and Ballistic Research Center set up in this Center are unique in the whole of Asia and the nation is on course to be self-reliant in this field, he added.
The Union Home Minister said that the fight against cyber war and cyber-crime is very important for us as India is an emerging economy.
Cyber security is also very important for India's security and to meet the Prime Minister's goal of a five trillion Dollar economy, he added.
“Several new dimensions have been established in the Ballistic Research Center for the testing of bullet proof materials,” Shah.
He added that such materials that were earlier tested in the United States and Europe are now being tested here, it will be of maximum benefit to the Police, Central Armed Police Forces and Army personnel across the country to protect themselves.
Union Home Minister Shah said that an indigenous kit will also be made in this university to conduct a lot of tests which will be made available to police forces across the country.
On the occasion, he also inaugurated a virtual training centre on Investigation of Crimes Against Women.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, State Home Minister Pradeep Singh Jadeja, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and many senior officers of Central and State Government were also present.