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Forensic Protocols and Investigation of Crimes in Pakistan: A Case of Sindh
AbstractThis study was conducted to examine the importance of the existing Forensic Protocol procedure adopted for the investigation of various crimes in Sindh, especially in the Karachi and Hyderabad areas. Forensic science plays an imperative role in any criminal investigation to identify the culprit using scientific methods. In current study, the forensic protocol discusses the roles of the following respondents: healthcare providers, lawyers, law enforcement agents, forensic scientists and the prosecution. Police in Sindh Province is a mix of human resources with different levels of education and training. When police participants were asked if they had ever studied forensics, it was found that 47.1% had studied forensics, while 52.9% denied it. It means that 52.9% of the surveyed police officers have poor forensic knowledge and experience. With the help of qualitative research methodology, this research has been analyzed. The potential of forensic science in Sindh is based on overcoming limitation and enhancing development characteristics. Barriers include traditional attitudes, lack of implementation, lack of funding, lack of trained personnel, equipment, and laboratories. Forensic scientific investigations are possible if the police establish a new professional culture, professional ethics, scientific methods and tools, amplifying training, and establishing forensic laboratories.
- Danish Bashir Mangi
- Ph.D Scholar, Faculty of Law, Dadabhoy, Institute of Higher Education, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
- Prof. Dr. Raana Khan
- Head of Department, Faculty of Law, Dadabhoy, Institute of Higher Education, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan