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India s state forensic labs expanding infrastructure on back of rising demand for DNA Testing

Led by Delhi and Maharashtra, India s forensic laboratories have managed to reduce pendency of DNA testing cases by a 50 per cent national average. While Delhi has eliminated most of its case backlog, Maharashtra is upgrading facilities across regions like Aurangabad and Amravati as a response to the ever-increasing demand for DNA testing from law enforcement agencies and courts.In the north, Delhi was facing a pendency of 9,000 DNA testing samples in 2017 but with concrete steps to upgrade infrastructure and manpower, the state FSL has managed to eliminate most of its backlog in over a year.Similarly, in the western region, Maharashtra has been working on reducing a backlog that stood at 1,700 DNA cases in 2017 - a majority of which are related to sexual offences against women children. The state receives 4,500 cases of DNA analysis in a year with demand increasing by nearly 20 per cent annually and is expected to extend DNA testing facilities from presently five to all its ..


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