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Process to bring in DNA profiling bill has begun: Centre to SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A legislative process is in progress to bring in a human profiling bill to enable the authorities maintain records of unidentified and unclaimed dead bodies or missing persons, the told the Supreme today.

A bench headed by Justice and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar was informed by Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha that the process to bring in the measure has been initiated.

"The process to bring in the legislation has begun. is mulling to bring in human profiling bill," he said.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing after 12 weeks.

The was hearing a PIL filed by Lokniti Foundation stating that does not have a national to address the issue of thousands of unclaimed dead bodies that are reported annually.

It had suggested that maintaining of the profiles of the bodies before their disposal could help in their identification by the family members.

The apex had in 2014 issued notice to Ministry of Home Affairs, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, seeking their responses to the petition.

The in its plea had said that "since the bodies cannot be identified using traditional methods, the perpetrators of the possible crime remain untraced and the families, to which the victims belonged, never come to know about the fate of their near and dear ones."

It had said that the profiling of unidentified bodies can help match the missing persons and trace them.

The had claimed that though the had been considering a proposal for profiling of unidentified bodies since 2007, but no decision had been taken as yet.

"One of the main reasons for a large number of bodies remaining unidentified is that a person freely moves from one part to another in search of work and members of poor families have no means to keep in touch with their near and dear ones.

"It becomes difficult for the local police to identify persons who have no local connection and who have died without anyone complaining of death caused by any mischief," the plea had said.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 18:29 IST