Daily Archives: December 17, 2015

Rape cases crawl as 2 forensic labs struggle with 2,500 DNA samples

DNA RenderingIn August last year, a special fast track court (FTC) dealing with cases of sexual assault on women asked for the crucial forensic report in a 2014 case of alleged rape and murder in South Delhi. After repeated reminders, the forensic department finally informed the court this September that the report’s “results are not yet ready”.
On September 8, leaving the Delhi police and forensic agencies red-faced, additional sessions judge (ASJ) Devendra Kumar Sharma said: “…in the Sheena Bora case, which is under media scrutiny, even the DNA test is carried out within one month. This kind of promptness is required in all cases related to heinous offences. But unfortunately, same is not done even in the present case where allegation is of murder after committing rape…”

Congress slated to increase rape kit funding by $45M

sexual assault kit 4WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are positioned to devote $45 million in the 2016 fiscal year to combat the nation’s accumulation of untested sexual assault kits.
The funding, included as part of the omnibus spending bill Congress released Wednesday, is aimed at helping local law enforcement agencies test backlogged sexual assault evidence kits and perform related activities as part of a U.S. Justice Department initiative.

Police Lift DNA From ATM Skimming Device Used at NYC McDonald’s

dna from atmMANHATTAN, NY — The DNA of a suspect in an ATM skimming case spanning from Bethel, Conn., to NYC has been recovered, Bethel Police Lt. Michael Libertini announced Wednesday.