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Cabinet clears DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018, will help in solving crimes and in tracing missing people, say supporters.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2018 00:03 IST
Malavika Vyawahare
Malavika Vyawahare
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018,DNA,Ravi Kant
DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018, will help in solving crimes and in tracing missing people(Representative Image/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018, which supporters argue will help in solving crimes and in tracing missing people. “This is a big step forward,” Ravi Kant, an advocate who also runs an NGO, Shakti Vahini which works on women’s issue, said. “It will greatly help to solve sexual violence cases.”

DNA based evidence is already used to a limited extent in criminal cases, but regulation has not kept pace with its use. Concerns have been raised about the reliability of the DNA evidence and privacy and about abuse and misuse of DNA data.

The bill provides for compulsory accreditation and regulation of labs that provide DNA testing and analysis facilities to address these concerns.

First Published: Jul 05, 2018 00:03 IST