The Lok Sabha passed a bill that sought to make criminal investigation a speedy process and increase the rate of conviction on Monday.
The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022 was passed following a reply by Union home minister Amit Shah today with opposition members demanding that the bill should be referred to a standing committee.
Shah said that those citing human rights violations should also think of the human rights of victims of heinous crimes like rape, reported ANI.
He said, “They only worry about rapists, looters...But the Centre does worry about the human rights of law-abiding citizens.”
The bill provides legal sanctions for taking appropriate body measurements of persons who are required to give such measurements to “make the investigation of crime more efficient and expeditious”. If passed as a law, it will replace the Identification of Prisoners Act, 1920.
It seeks to define “measurements” to include finger-impressions, palm-print and foot-print impressions, photographs, iris and retina scan, physical, biological samples and their analysis.
The bill further seeks to empower the National Crime Records Bureau of India to collect, store and preserve the record of measurements and for sharing, dissemination, destruction and disposal of records.
The bill will also empower a Magistrate to direct any person to give measurements and empower police or prison officer to take measurements of any individual who resists or refuses to give measurements.