Daily Archives: June 11, 2018

Women, children to have special DNA labs dedicated to tackle sexual assault and rape cases

In a move that will help women and children get their due justice, special advanced DNA labs built at a cost of 99.76 crore from the Nirbhaya Fund will be coming up for the first time in India.
The foundation of these first-of-its-kind labs was laid by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Friday as part efforts to reduce the backlog of women and child crime cases needing advanced forensic analysis.

Oklahoma Man Imprisoned 26 Years Released Following DNA Evidence

Oklahoma City, OK – An Oklahoma City man convicted in the killing of a homeless man in 1992 was released from jail Monday after the judge dismissed the charges.
Judge Glenn M. Jones dismissed the charges based on new DNA evidence proving the innocence of Johnny Edward Tallbear.

For relatives of Guatemala volcano victims, an agonizing wait

ESCUINTLA, Guatemala: At an improvised morgue in the Guatemalan town of Escuintla, dozens of people stand around in an anguished daze, clutching photos of their loved ones, hoping to recover their bodies for burial.

After Crowdfunding Law, Texans Raise Nearly $250K Toward Testing Rape Kits

A state law that crowdfunds money for rape kit testing has collected almost a quarter-million dollars in its first five months, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Victoria Neave.
The state has long been faced with a backlog of untested rape kits, which are gathered by police through invasive, hours-long exams of sexual assault victims and cost anywhere between $500 and $2,000 to test. The most recent data made available by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows a backlog of more than 3,500 untested rape kits statewide — meaning there may be even more untested kits in Texas today.