Research conducted by Dr Kewal Krishan, assistant professor, department of anthropology, Panjab University (PU), and his student Swati Thakur on fingerprints, footprints, facial features and other characteristics of the human body assisting the investigating agencies and police to identify and catch criminals has been accepted by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).
The study was conducted on 90 males and 87 females, where various features and anatomical structure of the ears were studied in detail.
Dr Krishan will present the research at the AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA, from February 16 to 21. AAFS is the largest forum of forensic scientists all over the world and every year, more than 5,500 forensic scientists attend this prestigious conference.
Although, the method of identification from ear and earprints has been successfully used in USA, Australia and many countries of Europe to identify the criminals; however, the Indian police and investigating agencies are not well aware about the uniqueness of the ear and its use in identification in criminal investigation.
In certain situations, where the body recovered is dismembered or mutilated, the shape, size and individualistic features of the ears may be useful in identifying the deceased along with other identification characteristics of the human body, the study says.
Dr Krishan is a renowned forensic anthropologist who has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals of forensic sciences and anthropology. He is on the editorial panel of 40 journals of repute and on the reviewer panel of 50 journals. He has recently contributed invited chapters to the most coveted Encyclopaedia of Forensic Sciences published by Elsevier, USA.