Img/2012/2/17/printi.jpgChandigarh: Fingerprints found at the crime scene can also help in determining the sex of the criminal, a new research has said.
A new research conducted by Dr Kewal Krishan of the Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, here showed that the fingerprints found at the crime scene can also help in determining the sex of the criminal.
Everybody is aware about the value of fingerprints in solving crime cases. It is a well established fact that no two fingerprints are ever alike. This feature of the fingerprints
helps the investigating agencies to identify and catch the criminals.
He conducted this research along with his student Chitrabala as a part of MSc thesis submitted to the department.
This new study will facilitate the police and other investigating officers to narrow down the investigating process in a particular case and direct the criminal investigation towards suspects belonging to the most likely sex, he said.
The research has been accepted by American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Dr Kewal Krishan will present this research in 64th Annual Conference of American Academy of Forensic Sciences to be held at Atlanta, USA from February 20 to 25.
The study was conducted on 194 individuals (97 males and 97 females), he said adding that a total of 1,940 fingerprints from all the 10 fingers of the 194 individuals were studied.
All the ridges were counted in the three defined areas of a fingerprint of each individual.