Delhi Police has become the first police force in the country to make collection of forensic evidence mandatory in crimes punishable by more than six years.
- The order was issued hours after Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the Police Headquarters here.
- Since Delhi is a Union Territory, its police force is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- The order comes following a push by Mr. Shah who had said the government was going to overhaul the British-era Indian Penal Code and one of the changes being considered was making collection of forensic evidence compulsory in criminal cases punishable by more than six years.
- “The era of third degree torture is over. Custodial torture has roots in colonial India.
- Conviction of criminals can be achieved based on forensic evidence that is irrefutable,” Mr. Shah had said.