The Indian government has informed the Supreme Court that it intends to create a database of DNA profiles that would be used to identify unclaimed bodies and help find missing persons, reports Mail Online India. A bill to formalise this database is currently in the pipeline. The government provided this information in its response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the NGO Lokniti Foundation. The report notes that 37,193 unidentified bodies were recovered and inquests conducted as per Census 2012 data (last census). DNA profiles of such unidentified bodies will be generated, and a second database will be created using DNA from relatives of the reported missing persons. DNA profiles of these two databases will then be cross-referenced. Note that this isn’t the first time we are hearing about the DNA Profiling Bill. It was first mooted by lawmakers in 2007, and then…
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