July 31, 2011

Though infidelity test, which is popular abroad, is relatively new to India, demand for it has been increasing. At the laboratory — One Touch Solutions and Services (OTS) — “infidelity tests” are becoming more and more "routine" - at least two to three infidelity test requests a month, mostly from young, married men. The Indian Biosciences laboratory in Gurgaon also receives “four to five” infidelity test enquiries every month from young people who want to know how they can nail their cheating spouses. The company charges Rs 27,920 to test one suspicious object for the infidelity test.

Infidelity Tests

  • The labs gets used condoms, cigarette butts, underwear, waxing strips, tongue cleaners, earbuds, nails and bloodstained bedsheets for testing. 
  • The laboratories extract DNA from the sample submitted and analyse it to determine whether the biological material (blood or semen) on it belongs to a male or female. 
  • They can also help in identifying who the spouse is having an affair with at an additional cost. While some test-seekers send their own cheek swabs to see if the DNA profile matches theirs, others, who suspect a particular person, send an item belonging to the 'other' man/woman, too. 
  • These labs do get saliva samples and even blood in tubes for comparison
  • The practice of sneakily sending someone’s personal belongings for testing has raised ethical concerns in some circles. 
  • As of now there is no law that mandates taking consent of the person whose sample is sent for DNA testing. 
  • A draft bill to regulate DNA testing was prepared in 2007, but it has not yet been introduced in Parliament. 

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