'Scientific techniques proved crucial in court'

'Scientific techniques proved crucial in court'

The Delhi Police on Tuesday claimed that they have been lauded by the fast-track court for using advanced scientific investigation techniques, including DNA profiling, odontology and fingerprinting analysis, in the December 16 gang-rape case, but said they would not make any statement until the quantum of sentence is pronounced on Wednesday.

The case was solved within 18 hours and the charge sheet was filed within three weeks with investigation officers always claiming that they had enough evidence to prove that the accused were present in the bus. Vivek Gogia, Joint Commissioner of Police (South Western Range), said the accused were found guilty with the help of four steps — physical identification in the court, identification before the magistrate, through technical data and through scientific evidence.

Among them, scientific evidence turned out to be crucial in court during the trial. “The court highlighted that the way police investigated the case using scientific investigation techniques needs to be done in other cases as well,” Gogia added.

DNA profiles of the accused were prepared through half-burnt clothes of the victim and articles seized from the bus, which included curtains, seat cover and bunch of hair. Bloodstains were also found on the clothes of the accused which matched with the victim’s blood.

Police had further managed to collect dental evidence with bite marks on the victim’s body which proved to be of Ram Singh and Akshay. “There is an institute in Karnataka which is authorised to give reports related to dental injuries. We conducted the tests at Safdarjung Hospital and sent it to Karnataka,” Gogia said.

A rod used in the crime was recovered at the instance of Ram Singh, and the bloodstains found on the rod matched with the victim’s blood. “It all establishes the identity of the victim and of the accused persons beyond doubt to be the persons inside the bus at the relevant time,” Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said. 

Gogia also noted that there has been a significant increase in the number of cases of rape, molestation and eve teasing this year, but attributed it to awareness as well as special measures initiated.

He claimed over 80 per cent of the cases are solved within the first week of investigation due to which women now feel more empowered and encouraged to come forth and lodge a complaint. “We are committed to providing a safer environment for girl students and women working in the city,” Gogia said.

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