Ethical dilemmas in Forensic Science- A curse upon India

  • Sakshi Mehra
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  • Sakshi Mehra

    Student at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, India

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Forensic Science has been a part of criminal investigation since the bygones era and its contribution towards meeting the ends of justice is undeniable in various cases. Forensics science is the need of modern times considering its contribution towards criminal investigation and is composed of variety of disciplines that work within the legal system. It is pertinent to note that the role of forensic science in criminal investigation cannot be studied in isolation and to obtain a holistic view one must study its role through the prism of ethics. A careful observation of the ethical dilemmas in forensic science in India would suggest how a lack of a unified code of ethics for the field and lack of regulation has been feeding upon the country as a malign cancer by aiding in destruction of the social fabric. An example of the same can be the Nirbhaya case wherein the vigilance and ethical standards of the evidence collection, investigation and admission before court of law were of the highest level resulting in conviction whereas the loose ethical standards in Aarushi Talwar case completely botched the investigation and turned a simple case into a murder mystery. Forensic science and forensic scientist play a significant role in the justice system and to ensure that justice is being served it is important to regulate their conduct efficaciously and to uplift our forensics.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 3, Page 1297 - 1312


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