In a seminar conducted jointly by the government and the media, a panel comprising of legal experts, psychologists and the ex-chief of a popular investigative media house known for its exposes, have recommended ways of atonement for certain crimes that are popular in India.
Bribe taking – don’t take cash for six months, take post dated cheques instead
Bribe giving – take bribe instead, for six months
Dowry harassment – don’t ask for dowry for six months, let it earn interest till then
Illegal construction – don’t apply for regularization for six months
Traffic signal jumping – take a different route (with or without signals) for six months
Stealing office supplies – take medical leave for six months quoting kleptomania.
Eve teasing – dress and behave like women for six months
Ticketless travel – buy tickets for six months
Copying in exams – don’t take any exams for six months
Medical negligence – don’t take medicine for six months.
The above steps, the panel has warned, should be taken only if the crime becomes public or is likely to become public and strictly not otherwise. In a suo moto action, the seminar also came up with suggestions for a few special crimes practised by the elite, the high profiled or the select few –
Coal scam – don’t use coal for six months
2G scam – don’t use your own mobile phone for six months or use 3G or 4G only
Manhandling toll booth personnel – don’t stop at toll booths for six months
Cricket max fixing – don’t tuck towel into trouser for six months
Fera/Fema violation – stay outside the country (in the country of choice) for six months.
Misbehaving in an elevator – take the stairs for six months. (The media house ex-chief, a member on the panel, recused himself from the discussion on this particular point.)