Chandigarh: Panjab University (PU) faculty member Dr Vishal Sharma has developed a new method to detect the paper-based forgeries. Dr Sharma is Assistant Professor working in the Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology at PU.
In this fresh method, where the criminal might have forged and replaced one or more paper from the complete set of documents to get benefit in his favour out of that, can be easily caught. In this method, discrimination of forged paper out of the whole document could be pointed out.
Also, his study has been published in Spectrochimica Act a Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy Journal by Elsevier which publishes from England.
Following this, he informed that the forensic document examination is a broad field of forensic science, and it deals with the examination of documents involving paper and ink. Hence, the forensic document examination requires various areas of expertise to discriminate between the forged and genuine documents. Although, now-a-days everyone is frequently using electronic means for communications and documentations such as emails, messages, social networking sites, and generation of e-documents, etc, but still the paper is being used by every individual and it is still having a place in every walk of life.
As a result, the peril of illegally forged documents will always exist in the society. So, it is therefore important and necessary to carry out precise identification of the suspected documents for their originality which could offer a lead to an investigating agency.
Dr Sharma said that the present study will be highly useful in forensic document examination work in the legal cases, where the authenticity of the document is challenged. The results presented in the present investigation are completely analytical and hence, can be well accepted in the court of law. Also, it overcomes the problems encountered in routine light or radiation scanning methods which is still in practice by various questioned document laboratories. This method could also be extended to cultural heritage items, where such dispute cases where the heritage documents could be interchanged for beneficiary purpose.
Dr Vishal Sharma
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