Is the child mine? Mumbaikars’ seeking DNA test

This year, in first six months, Kalina forensic laboratory received 954 DNA samples for testing. About 50% samples were only for paternity DNA testing

Is the child mine? Mumbaikars’ seeking DNA test

We all have heard the famous Bollywood dialogue, ‘Ye Bachcha mera nahi’, which creates a doubt in hero’s mind. Then, the matter goes to the court and the judge orders for a DNA test. Unlike Bollywood’s melodramatic movies, to find the answer to the same question, even the literate Mumbaikars are opting for DNA test.

paternity test establishes genetic proof whether a man is the biological father of an individual. This year, 954 Mumbaikars’ have submitted their DNA samples for testing at Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina.

According to the information, among the total samples which Mumbai’s received, 50 % were for paternity test. DNA testing is an indispensable tool for solving rape cases. At the state’s Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina; terror attacks, fake encounters, murders are all part of the staple fare for the medical detectives. FSL has also been playing a key role in infidelity cases, inheritance claims, to find out more about someone’s ancestry and so on.

NP Bakshi, Assistant Director, Kalina forensic laboratory explained, “After testing all the samples, we have to submit the report within eight days. Presently, testing of around 2,000 samples is still pending.”

Kalina forensic laboratory’s Deputy Director N Kokre, said that DNA testing is done by the police, to find out the accused in the rape case, or when a woman conceives or after the birth of the child or for the testing; sample of parents and child’s hair, clothes and blood are taken and it is a painful process.

“During a court case, a DNA test is requested, to prove the paternity. As a paternity test establishes genetic proof whether a man is the biological father of an individual,” informed Kokre.

  • In 2016-2017, DNA testing of 1,630 cases was done.
  • Among which 14 cases had come from court.
  • This year, 954 cases have come up from January-June.
  • In a year: 5,400 cases of DNA testing take place.

Know why DNA testing is done:

  • Parental testing: To establish if someone is the biological parent of a child
  • Forensic testing: To help identify suspects or victims in a criminal investigation
  • Gene therapy: To test parents or foetuses for genetic conditions or birth defects
  • Genetic genealogy: To find out more about someone’s ancestry