1 in 2 Indians paid a bribe at least once in the past year, survey finds

A bank staff member counts Indian 500 rupee notes to give to customers on November 24, 2016.

(CNN)At least one in every two people in India have paid a bribe in the past year, according to a new national corruption report, which branded the practice "part and parcel of daily life."

The survey, conducted by independent anti-corruption advocates Transparency International India (TII) and social media platform LocalCircles, found that bribery had actually reduced by 10% over the past year. But it remains rampant, with 51% of respondents admitting they had paid bribes.
Corruption remains "part and parcel of daily life in India," said a press release from TII. It's particularly widespread in local-level citizen services, which are "ridden with bribery and kickbacks."
The survey, published Tuesday, gathered 190,000 responses across 20 of India's 28 states. Some 24% of respondents said they had paid bribes several times in the past 12 months, while the remaining 27% said they had done so only once or twice.
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