WATCH Cop Tell Students 'If Police Take Bribe, It Gets the Job Done' in India's Uttar Pradesh

© AFP 2022 / NARINDER NANUPolice personnel stand guard as stranded migrant workers and their families wait to get thermally screened behind the gate of the Guru Nanak Auditorium before going to a railway station to take a train to Bhagalpur in Bihar state back to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on May 17, 2020
Police personnel stand guard as stranded migrant workers and their families wait to get thermally screened behind the gate of the Guru Nanak Auditorium before going to a railway station to take a train to Bhagalpur in Bihar state back to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on May 17, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.12.2021
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Bribery is quite rampant in almost all departments in India. According to a report by the global civil society Transparency International that was published in November 2020, India has the highest rate of bribery — 39 percent — across Asia.
While the Indian government talks of trying to end the bribery culture with new laws or regulations in the country, a police official in Uttar Pradesh state has been captured in a video clip justifying such a culture.
The 36-second video, shared on Monday by various journalists, shows a police official interacting with schoolchildren during a workshop.
"Even in your experience, you'll realise that there is no better department than the police. If the police take money (or bribe), it also gets the work done. Go to another department, they take money, but the work will not happen", the official said.
However, soon after the video went viral, the state's Unnao District Police, in a tweet, said: "The higher official was informed on the case and the whole matter will be investigated".
Some social media users in a lighter vein said that this may be the first time police have accepted the truth with such honesty. "Why an inquiry for speaking the truth".
To end bribery in India, the federal government has made changes in laws over the last decade, including through the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2018, The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, among other steps.
But the implementation of these laws is still a big question, as India ranked 80 out of 198 countries in a corruption perception index report from 2019.
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