Issuing death certificate: Rakesh Kumar from Secunderabad, Telangana pays bribe

Posted on May 12, 2016

Demanding bribes from the bereaved in order to issue a death certificate is like adding salt to the wound.  Rakesh Kumar from Secunderabad went to the Sub- registrar office in Ramgopalpet, Telangana to issue a death certificate for his late father in March this year. Rakesh’s father expired on February 29, 2016 and the hospital sent the registrar office the list of deceased people.

After one week, Rakesh went to collect the death certificate of his father and found that the Sub- Registrar office of Births and Deaths had only one person sitting there. This unidentified person, whose designation was at the clerical level demanded a bribe of Rs. 200 the minute Rakesh stated the purpose of his visit.

Rakesh claims that the internet charges for issuing a death certificate is Rs. 10 and this demand at the office was redundant. “The clerk told me that if I have second thoughts about paying, I can never even see my father’s death certificate. He made it sound mandatory. I took out Rs. 100 initially but he was adamant about getting Rs. 200 and nothing else. I had no choice but to give in,” he poignantly recalls.

A government servant by profession, Rakesh too works at the clerical level in the Indian Army. He stated that although he is not aware of any such bribes being offered in his department, he is ashamed of the rampant corruption that prevails in the government. “I was forced to pay a bribe because I did not want any problems with respect to getting my father’s death certificate on time. After paying the bribe, the certificate reached home within a week,” Rakesh told I Paid A Bribe.

- By Aruna Krishnan