Curbing crime and improving conviction rate

Are we still bogged with the primitive ways of investigation of crime and interrogation of criminals and whether we have travelled beyond age old police techniques like administering third degree methods and phone tapping, are the pertinent questions which need answers. Criminals usually walk a step ahead of the law enforcing agencies and in areas of convictions too, they have the upper hand all due to gaps in the system which must be a cause of concern. How much scientific and forensic techniques were being employed in tackling and cracking very sensitive criminal cases should be the acid test of our adopting new and trusted approaches in getting more convictions than acquittals from the courts.
Home Minister Amit Shah, has in this connection, while addressing a gathering of Police Research and Gathering, expressed his views on the same lines. Making forensic evidence compulsory in all criminal cases where the quantum of punishment is prescribed to be seven years or more was what appears to be the future planning in striving for improving upon the conviction rate. Not only in isolation was the issue of conviction going to be addressed as how efficient and dedicated was the level of investigations and preparing cogent charge sheets supported with clinching evidence was paramount followed by speedy trial and whether any changes were required to be made in the CrPC and the IPC respectively. However, underlying the importance of the issue, the Home Minister deserves to be complimented for declaring that a Police and National Forensic Science University would be created at the national level in the near future.