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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Volume  14, Issue 3(Special Issue), July - September 2021, Pages 641-646


Review Article

Charred Documents and the Techniques used for their Forensic Examination: An Update
1Ankita, 2Gaurav Kumar Singh
1Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014, Punjab, India. 2Research Scholar, Department of Forensic Science and Toxicology, Chandigarh University, Mohali, 140413, Punjab, India.
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A number of publications have been published pertaining to the forensic analysis of the questioned documents. Along with that new methods and techniques have been used nowadays to solve the question document cases. Questioned documents are those documents whose legitimacy or authenticity is disputed. Often, the documents are demolished by burning and different intends to cover crimes termed as charred documents. Charred documents are a sort of questioned documents that are probably to contain crucial data. These types of documents are principally connected to ransoms, arson case, accidental fires, financial and insurance issues, extortion, suicide, white collar crimes etc. The present article reviews the introduction to charred documents, the cases in which charred documents are supposed to found, their handling and all the related information up to their forensic examination. key messages: Charred documents are found in arson cases, sudden fire accidents, financial and insurance disputes, etc. Documents may be willfully burnt or destroyed with the intention to hide crime or to destroy evidence. Charred documents at the crime scene should be handled with utmost care as they are too fragile to be handled casually

Corresponding Author : Gaurav Kumar Singh