The Modi Govt is trying to push a bill called the Human DNA Profiling Bill 2015 quietly during the mansoon session of Parliament.Given the oppositions silly noise over some non issues and the media attention that gets it gets , its no surprise that the Human DNA Profiling Bill 2015 has had little if not no mainstream media attention
In all fairness it was the Globalist Manmohan Singh’s Govt which had first initiated the bill in 2007 . The bill was originally proposed in 2007 and in 2012 drafting of the bill began.The draft bill was prepared by the Department of Biotechnology. The bill proposes to form a National DNA Data Bank and a DNA Profiling Board, and use the data for various specified purposes.
The bill proposes to set up a national DNA data bank and a number of state or regional data banks that will feed into the national data pool. Every data bank will have six categories under which DNA profiles will be filed – crime scene index, suspects’ index, offenders’ index, missing persons’ index, unknown deceased persons’ index, and volunteers’ index. The DNA profiling board will have the power to include more categories. In the offenders’ index, the DNA information will be linked to the name of the person from whom it was collected. All others will be linked to a case reference number. Source Scroll in Article
Given the massive amounts of corruption in Indian Police investigations framing a person whose DNA is in the database is a piece of cake
Law and poverty expert Usha Ramanathan and Centre for Internet and Society executive director Sunil Abraham, who are members of an expert committee on DNA profiling constituted by the government, have written dissent notes against the final draft of the Human DNA Profiling Bill. Ramanathan notes that one of the biggest challenges of a DNA database is function creep – the gradual widening of the use of a technology beyond the purpose for which it was originally intended.
The CDFD ( Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics) is using the CODIS software bought from the US’s FBI and compatible with their systems
The bill does not clarify under what circumstances someone’s DNA will be collected for the database with or without consent . While countries such as the US and the UK permit collection of DNA without consent, their laws are clear about when it can be done. Whether the Indian Constituion allows the state to take DNA without consent is something that will certainly be decided by the Courts The Bill does not set a limit to how long someone’s DNA will kept on record . In the UK, DNA data of a recordable offence can be kept for only six years. The bill even allows the creation of population statistics, identification research, parental disputes, issues relating to reproductive technologies and migration. These provisions could one day allow the government to PUSH CIVILLIANS TO PROVIDE DNA DATA .
The draft Bill involves collection of “intimate body samples” of living persons from “the genital or anal area, the buttocks and also breasts in the case of a female”. DNA swabbing in Western countries is usually done by swabbing the mouth The Bill has no specific statutory safeguards on how store , retrieve or who can access potentially huge database of the most private and intimate kind
The UID database already has biometric information for most Indians. If any government in future decides to link the UID database with the DNA database , it would place in the hands of the government and its agencies all personal details about millions of citizens. Will the information be made available for research?
There is very little clarity on custody of the DNA samples collected and the data stored. If this custody gets privatized and given the few Indian private companies with the ability to maintain such data in a few years time American European or Israeli private companies could easily have access to this huge databank. If it somehow gets passed on to their home spy agencies the CIA and Mossad , the potential for those two agencies to use the DNA data to frame blackmail & trap thousands of innocent Indians is very high