Rely on forensic science to solve crime: Jaamdar

Till 2009, only 10 lakh of the 81 lakh cases have been decided. Of these, 15 per cent cases had been pending for more than 10 years, 22 per cent were pending from five to 10 years and only 30 per cent were the cases decided within a year, he said and added that this kind of delay is a failure of humanity and truth.

“With such kind of delay in justice hearing, there are possibilities the eye witnesses forget the details of the crime or they can even turn hostile,” he said and pointed out that only 5 per cent of the criminals are punished and 95 per cent are roaming free.
“There is a need to change from the eye-witness system to forensic science, from human evidence to the physical evidence,” he stressed.

Speaking on the tendencies of crime, he said even a dead man tells a tale provided the investigator should have an eye to see and an ear to hear. There are very few crimes where the criminal does not leave a clue behind and these are called as perfect crimes. Arushi Talwar case is inclining towards a perfect crime, he said.

Forensic Science is a bundle of sciences. It is a costly and complicated course. There is a need to specialise and expertise to work in the field, advised Jaamdar.He also informed that the PG in criminology in Roshni Nilaya is the 12th PG course in the country. Of the 12 PG courses, four are in Karnataka itself. The first criminology course was started in Sagar University in 1949, he said.

Releasing the book ‘Crimino – Vision 2011,’ IGP (Western Range) Alok Mohan said that according to a study on murder cases, it was found that 90 per cent of the murders had the  victims’ acquaintances involved. Of these, 10 per cent of the murders happened in the hands of close family members and 25 per cent of the victims’ friends were involved in the murder.

When police are getting updated on the latest techniques used in crimes, the criminals too research on different ways to conduct crimes. Hence, it is a constant fight, he added.
Presiding over the programme, College Principal Jacintha D’Souza said that UGC has granted Rs 1.5 crore to the college as it is rated as the college of potential excellence. A sum of Rs 50 lakhs in the fund has been released. More importance will be given to research, practical and field study, she said.

Criminology and Forensic Science HoD Dr B Ashoka said that the course was first started in Roshni Nilaya in 1977. Jaamdar handed over the identity cards to the first batch students of MSc criminology.

Exhibition
The department had also organised a forensic science expo on the occasion. Skeletons, models displaying wounds in different crime instances, collage on accidents, techniques on identifying finger prints, foot print analysis, apparatus which are used to investigate a crime scene, charts on ballistics, and many other informative charts and items were displayed.

Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda, Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police Labhu Ram were the other guests present on the occasion.

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