The well-known and simple definition of bribery is as follows: an explicit offense which involves the practice of offering anything, generally in monetary form, to gain an illegal and dishonest benefit.
Similarly, it is an act of promising, giving, receiving, or making a deal to receive money, or then again, any other thing of worth, with the immoral intention of prompting a public official in the release of his official obligations. At the point when cash has been offered or guaranteed in return for a corrupt act, the authority involved need not really fulfill that act or offense of bribery to be completed. The crime is commonly subject to punishment as a felony. Nevertheless, bribery occurs in relation to a public official and, as well, in private transactions.
A more comprehensive understanding of the subject may be aided by examples:
- Doctor Jonas, a graduate of University of Stanford is now the CEO of a huge company. He organizes a number of research fellowships for his company to sponsor, in the subject he studied at the University. Some time later, he approaches the University of Stanford regarding his daughter’s application to be enrolled at the University. When rejected, he reminds the College Dean of his company’s generous behavior. This could considered a case of offering a bribe.
- In a cricket match, Team Australia was proven to have lost deliberately to Team India – this may indicate that Team Australia was guilty of accepting/receiving a bribe offered by the opponent team.
- In the corporate sector, an organization could offer benefits (bribes) to employees of a competing company for recruitment services. As indicated previously, even when public officials are involved, it is not absolutely mandatory for a bribe to be destructive to the public interest in order to be labelled a crime.
We can witness small acts of bribery occurring countless times, every day of our lives – small examples that also account as act of bribery, although unfortunately MAY not be subject to prosecution due to their negligible size (or the values of the officer at the receiving end), yet are still immoral may be such as:
- Smoking in a non-smoking area, and when spotted by a public official, putting them off by offering them an amount of money is regarded as bribery. Some dedicated and honest officials may report this to higher authorities, but many won’t.
- If caught over-speeding by a cop, offering the cop some hundred dollars to that they don’t write you a ticket.
Bribery has existed for as long as humans have. And to put an end to this horrendous crime that encourages unfair decisions, we must start with ourselves and the world will change as we look at it. So next time you are being fined with a ticket for over-speeding, man up and accept it. You earned it. Similarly, when you are being offered a bribe, saying no to it will do you more good than accepting the few dollars. Your refusal will lead to discouraging the other party and they will hopefully avoid bribing from then onwards.