India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017.
According to study by Transparency International, which named the country among the worst offenders in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region, India has bagged 81st position.
Transparency International said, “in some countries across the region (Asia–Pacific), journalists, activists, opposition leaders and even staff of law enforcement or watchdog agencies are threatened, and in the worst cases, even murdered”.
It also added, ‘Philippines, India and the Maldives are among the worst regional offenders in this respect. These countries score high for corruption and have fewer press freedoms and higher numbers of journalist deaths’.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, placed India at the 81st place. In the 2016, India was in the 79th place among 176 countries. The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
India’s score in the latest ranking, however, remained unchanged at 40. In 2015, the score was 38.