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Corruption and Women

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Corruption and Women
      Corruption is defined as "the abuse of public office for private gain"[1]
Corruption is termed as a plague, which is not only contagious but if not controlled spreads like fire in a jungle. Its virus is compared with HIV leading to AIDS, being incurable. It has also been termed as royal thievery. The socio-political system exposed to such a dreaded communicable disease is likely to crumble under its own weight. Corruption is opposed to democracy and social order, being not only anti-people, but aimed and targeted against them. It affects the economy and destroys the cultural heritage. Unless nipped in the bud at the earliest, it is likely to cause turbulence- shaking of the socio-economic-political system in an otherwise healthy, wealthy, effective and vibrating society[2]” The Supreme Court of India cautioned the nation by the above observation when it discussed the Preamble of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
This is not the scenario of India alone or that of the third world countries but of the whole world. Global corruption assessment by Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index rank several East Asian countries the most corrupt in the world[3]. An exception to this may be the Scandinavian Countries[4].
In a press release in the Transparency International the Transparency Mauritius calls upon the highest authorities of the country for the legal and judicial framework of the fight against corruption to be reinforced as soon as possible. The press release “Actions to fight corruption” on July 14, 2000 warned that in the light of the many cases of alleged fraud and corruption, both in the public and private sectors and presently reported by the press, Transparency Mauritius notes a marked deterioration of the confidence climate within the population. The numerous investigations that are being conducted by the Economic Crime Office demonstrate the urgent necessity to ensure more transparency at the level of...


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