India’s first woman IPS officer and anti-corruption crusader Kiran Bedi calls upon youth to use voting power to weed out the corrupt from the system on Zee Media’s ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ (#BBV) episode on corruption.
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Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and anti-corruption crusader Kiran Bedi has exhorted people in the country to use technology as a weapon against corruption. Bedi came up with a unique solution to curb corruption saying people should use their mobile camera to capture the culprits asking for bribe.
In an exclusive conversation with Divya Jaitly of Zee Media in Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’s ‘Ek Naari Aisi Bhi’ show @ZeeNews, Bedi said, “Use your mobile camera and click photographs if someone asks for bribe and pressurize him to deal with you fairly”.
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
She urged the youth to use the power of voting to fight against corruption. Bedi pitched for making people believe in their voting right.
Bedi wants the ‘aam aadmi’ to use 49-O election rule if dissatisfied with all the candidates in the fray. She told BBV, “Don’t let the political parties take you for granted. Use your vote and select the right candidate. And, please don’t let anyone get elected only if he is less corrupt than his opponent.” She believed this would result in evoking fear amongst the corrupt babus.
She observed that corruption had taken deep root in society and there was need for as much probe of corruption in private sector. “Not only public but the private sector should also come under the ambit of anti-corruption laws. The government should enforce a law that includes every sector,” she averred.
On role of police and bureaucracy, she lamented that the focus had completely shifted away from rendering public service to fulfilling their materialistic needs.
Endorsing the point of view of Bedi, Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor also believed that India’s youth is angry because of growing corruption in the country. She told BBV Ek Nari Aisi Bhi Show, “Today there is an anger and anguish in the youth of the country. But unlike earlier, they (youth) now step out and do candle-march to register their protest against the growing corruption in the country."
(The episode airs at 10:00 pm on Wednesday on Zee News channel.)