Major Communal Dispute resolved

A major communal dispute was resolved by DNA fingerprinting when it was alleged that the child of a couple belonging to forward community was swapped with a child of a backward community in a Government Hospital in a South Indian state. On the request of District Medical Superintendent Incharge of Government Hospital, Mitochondrial DNA analysis was carried out on the mothers and the children for establishing the maternal relatedness and it was found that the child was not swapped as alleged by the upper caste much to the relief of the Hospital and local authorities.