Identification of unknown dead bodies always poses a challenge to law-enforcement agencies. The usual reasons of non-identification of dead bodies are the non-availability of a proper history of the deceased and decomposition. Such dead bodies are kept in mortuaries for some time in the hopes that the next-of-kin may come looking for their loved ones and claim the bodies for burial after appropriate identification. The results in this regard are not encouraging, probably because of the lack of knowledge about the whereabouts of such morgues. To address this problem, Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), in collaboration with the Edhi Trust, has taken an initiative through a project called Shanakht, for the identification of such bodies, with the motive that there should be an effective mechanism so that whenever a dead body is found, relatives of the missing persons should be contacted to identify it. Under this project, unidentified bodies are identified through the biometric scan technology that utilizes NADRA’s database. A special desk has been established by the CPLC at the Edhi morgue for carrying out the aforesaid task. The cooperation being extended by NADRA in this regard is exemplary. The project was launched in October, 2015 with Edhi Foundation. Later, CPLC has extended this project in collaboration with Chippa Welfare Association. Under this project, 1150 dead bodies were handed over so far, identified with the help of NADRA and subsequently handed over to the relatives of the deceased. The claimants of the bodies belonged to different parts of the country.
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