Police can now take biometrics of criminals, law comes into force

Amendment Act had invited sharp reactions from Opposition

Police can now take biometrics of criminals, law comes into force

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4

The law, which was recently made to capture and collect biometrics of convicts, undertrials and arrested persons, has come into effect from today as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has framed rules for this, officials said.

As per the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022, the law enforcement agencies are authorised to take measurements of persons convicted, arrested or facing trial in criminal cases, including their iris and retina scans and even biological samples with exceptions. The law has also mandated that National Crime Records Bureau can store these biometric details for up to 75 years, share with any law enforcement agency and destroy the record of measurements at the national level.

It is to be noted here that the amendment Act had invited sharp criticism from the Opposition parties.

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