Govt backs forensic psychology & scientific investigation to reduce crime

New Delhi: As part of several initiatives of the Government to facilitate more efficient and scientific investigation in serious and heinous crimes, Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to enhance the capacity of six Central Forensic Science Laboratories under the Directorate of Forensic Science Services in the area of forensic psychology involving external experts.

Forensic psychology is one of the emerging areas of forensic science in India. It primarily involves the use of applied clinical psychology (including cognitive psychology and social psychology) in criminal justice. This information is critical for the formulation of policies for prevention and reduction of crimes in the country, as well as in administration and management of prisons, jails and rehabilitation centres.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has also been executed between the Directorate of Forensic Science Services, New Delhi and the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU), Ahmedabad on 28 November 2019 to jointly carry out  research activities in the area of Forensic Psychology, neuro-psychological and psycho-social genesis of criminal behavior and related matters, with exchange of technology.

This MoU is expected to enhance the partnership between academicians and practitioners and give a fillip to capacity building for forensic investigation as also cutting-edge research in the sector.

The Home Minister Amit Shah spoke about the government’s vision to establish a Central National Police University, with affiliated colleges in each state, where students after class 10 can learn about law, forensic science, communications, the Constitution and Police and coordination for creation of a specialised force.

He also outlined the vision to establish a National Forensic Science University, with an affiliated college in each State and forensic science lab in each district, to make prosecution and conviction more effective as he said that the rate of conviction in the country is at a pitiable level.

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