IJSRP, Volume 8, Issue 2, February 2018 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Keyur Prakash Shah
The contemporary social structure has plunged into a dark environment due to the growing number and types of crimes taking place. Advancements in technology have proven to be a boon for the criminal justice system globally, however, criminals are attempting to catch up with it though innovative methods. DNA fingerprinting is one such technological advancement made in criminal justice system. It has helped the system make remarkable progress in recent years, despite the presence of certain challenges. The present study intends to assess the advantages and disadvantages of DNA fingerprinting technology in resolving criminal cases. The innovation of DNA fingerprints and its prevalence in India are discussed along with the challenges faced during DNA fingerprint implementation. For this purpose, five lawyers were interviewed to share their insights on the advantages and challenges of the technology. The findings from the study indicate that DNA fingerprint and its applicability in the context of resolving criminal cases offer numerous advantages as compared to the shortcomings. Hence, DNA fingerprinting continues to assist judiciary in giving fair judgements, and presents broad scope for future developments.