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Gordon Thomas Honeywell’s Live Debate On ‘Where’s The DNA?’ In Delhi On Oct 31

Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs (GTH-GA), globally-recognised experts in forensic DNA law and policy, will hold a live panel debate ‘Where’s the DNA?’, with eminent experts from policy, law enforcement, legal, forensics and victim advocate groups on the panel, on October 31 (Tuesday) at the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. LiveLaw is the official media partner of the event.

Nirbhaya, Aarushi, Jessica… for every high-profile criminal case that puts media into a tizzy and people out on the streets with candles, there are a thousand cases that escape our eye every day. Crime in India is on the upsurge, especially rape and sexual assault cases where conviction rate has fallen from nearly 50% in 2012 to less than 30% in 2015 in Delhi alone. More than 1.4 lakh rape cases still stand pending in courts across India. As per the NCRB, more than 34,600 rapes were registered in 2015. On the contrary, the annual report of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics for 2015-16 shows that they only received 99 DNA requests for rape cases from all over India.

While law machinery across the world is increasingly relying on DNA forensics to solve crime, lack of scientific methods in investigations and a proper policy framework are hampering justice delivery in India. The need for DNA casework expansion in India has become critical to ensure justice.

Panellists:

  • Tim Schellberg, Founder & President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell-Governmental Affairs
  • Justice G.P. Thareja, Additional District & Sessions Judge (retd)
  • Ashok Bhan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Ramachandran, President Indian Police Foundation
  • Durgadas Kasbekar, Senior Scientist INSA, CDFD
  • Ravi Kant, Supreme Court
  • Vivek Sood, Delhi High Court
  • Sidharth Pandey, Senior Journalist (Moderator)

Tim Schellberg and his firm have become the world’s foremost experts on forensic DNA database legislation, public policy and law. Tim Schellberg has advised over 50 foreign and state governments on DNA database legislation, laws and policies. His detailed profile can be accessed here.

Event Details: The event will be organised at Hall No. 2, Indian Law Institute, Bhagwan Das Road, Opposite Supreme Court, New Delhi. Due to limited seats, it is advised that you reserve a spot by Friday (October 27). Entry will begin at 3:30 pm. The workshop is scheduled from 4 pm to 6 pm. Tea and refreshments will be provided.

To confirm participation, please email to Pravaal Cowshish at pravaal.cowshish@ogilvy.com or call +91-9711306349 / +91-124-4760760.

The brochure can be found here.

To know more about how DNA is used in solving crimes, click here.

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