Inculcating Scientific Temper Amongst First Responders to Crime

Date01 March 2022
Published date01 March 2022
Subject MatterArticles
Inculcating Scientific
Temper Amongst
First Responders to
Jasjeet Kaur1 and G.S. Sodhi2
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights directs the member nations to
create such conditions under which the ideals of free human beings, enjoying
civil and political freedom from fear and want, can be achieved. The Constitution
of India, through its various Articles, strives to ensure security and safety of
citizens in accordance with the principles of Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. However, crime is a violation of these principles. In a country like
India, where a large section of population is uneducated, social set-up is
heterogeneous, public–police relations are not very cordial, poverty is rampant
and unemployment widespread, it is not surprising that crime rate is increasing
exponentially. In a majority of serious crime cases, hi-tech measures are being
adopted by perpetrators. However, the police personnel who visits the scene of
crime as the first responder may not be holding an academic degree in science
and technology. Yet the decisions of the first officer bear a strong influence on
the eventual outcome of the criminal investigation. It is, therefore, pertinent
that they must receive training and guidance to inculcate the spirit of scientific
temperament in decision-making.
Crime scene, f‌irst responder, investigative star, suspect, victim
Article 51 A(h) of the Indian Constitution states that every citizen ought to
develop scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform by way
Indian Journal of Public
68(1) 75–83, 2022
© 2022 IIPA
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DOI: 10.1177/00195561211058649
1 Department of Chemistry, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women (University
of Delhi), Delhi, India.
2 Forensic Science Unit, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
Corresponding author:
G.S. Sodhi, Forensic Science Unit, S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India.

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