4. October 2012 21:49
The Forensic Genetics Policy Intiative (FGPI), a project of the Council for Responsible Genetics, GeneWatch UK and Privacy International, is an international project to raise awareness of the privacy and human rights issues associated with the global growth of forensic DNA databases. FGPI works with civil society organizations in countries around the world to build their capacity to engage in public policy on this issue.
FGPI recently returned from a very successful 5 day trip to India which was hosted by a local partner, The Center for Internet and Society based in Bangalore ,to assist in raising awareness and reaching out to key stakeholders, civil society, the media, students, academics, and the public about India’s pending database legislation. During our visit to Bangalore and New Delhi, we spoke at twelve different meetings-including two public talks, one closed door meeting, two public lectures at Universities, one press meet, and six personal meetings. Our visit, which was covered by the Indian media, allowed us to connect to key stakeholders and raise public awareness. As a result of our visit we have connected with the department of biotechnology - the department piloting the bill, the national crime records bureau - the bureau responsible for consolidating crime records at a national level, former directors of Indian intelligence agencies, members of the Indian legislative council, DNA forensic specialists, key activists and journalists, and concerned civil society organizations.
We will continue to work through our growing list of civil society partners in India to ensure there is informed engagement in the discussions as the bill proceeds through Parliament.