Man Films A Police Officer Demanding Bribe For Address Verification. Tweets Sushma Swaraj For Help

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4:42 pm 5 May, 2017

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A number of surveys in the past have revealed that India is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Bribery seems to have become an inseparable part of the society where hush money is paid for access to even the basic facilities of health and education. There have been thousands of incidents when people have been caught while giving or taking bribes.

 

In a report by Logical Indian today, a man named Ajay Singh has captured video of a police officer demanding a bribe for carrying out a police verification for passport renewal. Singh is a software engineer and belongs to Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

In the video, the face of the police officer has been blurred as its purpose is not to shame anyone publicly but to highlight the way in which bribery has become a normal part of society.


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The episode captured in the video occurred on February 6 at Ajay Singh’s flat in Ghaziabad. The Logical Indian quotes Singh as saying,

I am a software engineer and my company has a policy wherein employees have to be ready with a valid passport at all times in case of overseas business. I immediately applied to renew my passport. I went to the Passport Seva Kendra, registered, scheduled a meeting with the authorities, and finished the required processes. The next step involved a police official verifying my address.

At the Passport Seva Kendra, when Singh interacted with other people, he realized how common it was for people to pay a bribe to the police to get their police verification completed, which is an essential component to getting a passport. Singh says,

Nobody was outraged by it. It was disturbing. Bribery is corruption, it is illegal, but it has become so acceptable to the society.

After a few days, when a police officer turned up at his house, Singh positioned his mobile phone in a way that he could film a video if the officer demanded money.

 

After completing the paperwork, the police officer did what Singh had expected. He demanded a bribe of Rs.2000 to Rs.4000, which Singh refused. Singh says,

He asks bribe at 3:36 minutes and says confidently, ‘Lao hisaab kitaab kar do,’ and asks Rs 2000 to Rs 4000, which I denied, and I asked for the receipt. He obviously refused and asked why I needed a receipt. To which I sarcastically responded that I would show it to the IT department to get rebate. This made him uneasy. He gave me a suspicious look and rushed out, ensuring me that he would send a positive report only.

Watch the video here:



 

Ajay Singh further adds,

Following the incident, I wanted to share my frustration and the video itself. But I have been warned constantly by a lot of people to not choose this path as it will be directly against the local authorities. They only suggest this because they are my true well-wishers. But if we can, shouldn’t we challenge the corruption? I understand there may never be an ideal society where such things will never happen – but still, I am seeking some help on how to take it forward just to do my bit.

Singh also tweeted Sushma Swaraj saying that he has strong evidence of a police official asking for a bribe for passport verification but hasn’t received any reply from her in the past four months.

Here are Singh’s tweets to the Minister of External Affairs:

Well, it is not about the money but about the way society sees bribery as a part of everyday life. It seems to have become so rampant that demonetization will not be able to throw it out of India!


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