Conference on forensic studies focusing on the intersection of criminology, law and psychology
Sonipat, March 28 (IANS): The second chapter of the International Symposium on Criminal Studies was organized on March 25-26 by the Center for Criminology and Forensic Studies at Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences, OP Jindal World University provided an opportunity unique to attendees from all walks of life and professions to find out more. on the intersection of law and forensic medicine.
Renowned experts in various fields of criminology, forensic science and related criminal studies discussed new research and new knowledge on emerging criminal phenomena, especially on the digital platform. The main theme focused on Rethinking Forensics: Interdisciplinarity in Criminal Studies, where presenters addressed a variety of topics including admissibility of evidence, criminal psychology and criminal behavior, human rights forensics , the reliability of forensic techniques such as detection of deception and examination of documents, as well as the phenomenon of online crime – cybercrimes and financial crimes.
The audience heard from two eminent speakers during the plenary session – Dr. Ebru Ibish from International Vision University, North Macedonia, and Prof. Dr. Debarati Halder from Parul University. While Dr. Halder spoke about his work on cybercrime and the role of law at the intersection of criminology, victimology, psychology and forensics, Dr. Ibish examined juvenile crime under the same interdisciplinary angle. Many researchers, practitioners and educators also presented their research at five panel discussions, exploring the versatility of forensic criminology and law alongside other fields like psychology and sociology.
Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Senior Director of Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS), said, “We are gradually moving towards a more digital and scientifically advanced world, where crime and criminal investigation are becoming technologically advanced. A new crime expert, whether a forensic pathologist, criminologist, or forensic psychologist, can no longer operate within the silos of their discipline. A forensic scientist must understand evidence law and cognitive biases, and a criminologist must understand cognitive psychology, digital science, and cryptocurrency scams. . A successful career in these disciplines requires you to be able to apply and analyze based on different types of knowledge. This is why we are keen to provide a platform for the exchange of this knowledge.
Dr. Sahni is a recognized behavioral expert who is also a professor at OP, Jindal Global University and Director of the Center for Criminology and Forensic Studies.
The Supreme Court, during a hearing on the financial fraud case last week, had lamented the lack of forensic facilities in the country which is causing a backlog in the criminal justice system. Judges Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Suresh highlighted a problem that has also been previously reported in terms of lack of resources and staff. This is one of the few reasons why forensic evidence is not yet used primarily in criminal decisions within the Indian criminal justice system. Where the goal of both – law and forensic science – is to arrive at the truth, justice cannot be held at bay due to a lack of resources, poor supervision or a lack of research to follow new criminal techniques.
Professor Poulomi Bhadra, Deputy Director of the Center for Criminology and Forensic Studies and Assistant Professor of Forensic and Criminal Studies, also added that “the legal profession is still catching up with the scientific culture in forensic science, while that crime trends are changing and the New criminals are becoming more tech-savvy If we are to bridge the divide and tackle crime within the justice system, it is imperative to improve cross-disciplinary understanding between legal professionals and scientists. We need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each discipline if we are to use both adequately in the courtroom.”