India's anti-cheating bill explained

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The bill

The Centre recently introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to check malpractices in government recruitment exams such as paper leaks and fake websites, with strict penalties including a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine up to Rs 1 crore.

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Punishable offences

• The creation of fake website to cheat or for monetary gain. • Conduct of fake examination, issuance of fake admit cards or offer letters to cheat or for monetary gain. • Manipulation in seating arrangements, allocation of dates and shifts for the candidates to facilitate adopting unfair means in examinations. • Threatening the life, liberty or wrongfully restraining persons associated with the public examination authority or the service provider or any authorised agency of the government; or obstructing the conduct of a public examination.

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What are the penalties?

• A minimum of three to five years of imprisonment to curb cheating. • Those involved in organised crimes of cheating will face five to 10 years of imprisonment and a minimum fine of Rs 1 crore.

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