'Forensic science must be used for credible legal evidence'

'Forensic science must be used for credible legal evidence'

Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1 of Lyons - Institute of Legal Medicine Director Prof Daniel Malicier is of the opinion that the two nations should collaborate in terms of intellectual support and exchange of ideas so as to boost possibilities of utilising forensic science for the purpose of credible legal evidence.

He spoke at the inaugural function of the first Indo-French International Forensic Congress which was jointly organised by Manipal University and Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1 at Hotel Ocean Pearl here on Thursday. The theme of the congress was 'Connections bridging the present and future of forensics'.

He said that the Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Manipal University to work towards better collaboration.

Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil said that law enforcement is a major area in a codified society. "For a long time, we were a non-codified society where there was insufficient scientific evidence. However, the situation has changed now," he said.

Terming forensic science as a merger of law and science, the DC said that scientific data will help in inventing truth. He lamented that many people languish in jails for want of proper forensic evidence.

KMC Mangaluru campus Pro Chancellor Dr Surendra V Shetty said that forensic science is considered to be the most credible scientific evidence. "The real victims are ensured justice by utilising forensic data. Research will throw up opportunities to develop high-end technology in the field," he said.

KMC Mangaluru campus Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Poornima Baliga released the e-souvenir on the occasion.

KMC Mangaluru campus Dean Dr M Venkataraya Prabhu and KMC Forensic Medicine department head Dr B Suresh Kumar Shetty were present among others.

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