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Best anti-graft tool? Say cheeezzz

India anti-corruption crusader Kiran Bedi urges people to use their mobile phone cameras to capture those asking for bribes.

Bedi, left, said, ‘Use your mobile camera and click photographs if someone asks for bribe and pressurize him to deal with you fairly.’

Bedi was the first woman to enter the elite Indian Police Service.

A story on DNA India said,

The former lady super cop wanted the government to install cameras across all government offices, especially those dealing with the public. ‘Today almost every government office is synonymous to corruption as the country doesn’t have stringent laws to punish them. All government offices should use cameras so that all corrupt practices within the premises can be recorded,’ she demanded.

Corruption, Bedi said, had taken ‘deep root’ and public-service employees were now focused on their own material needs.

She also urged young people to use their right to vote as a way to fight graft.

She won the Ramon Magsaysay Award -- often called the Asian Nobel Prize -- in 1994 for government service. The award recognized her successes with innovative approaches to crime control, drug rehabilitation, and humane prison reform.


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