One person in four worldwide paid a bribe during the past year, according to a study released on Thursday to mark International Anti-Corruption Day. And India has cut the grade in the top five.
54 per cent Indians say they greased the palms of authorities to get things done, the study says.
"Corruption has increased over the last three years, say six out of 10 people around the world, and one in four people report paying bribes in the last year," the Berlin-based non-governmental agency, Transparency International (TI), said.
Releasing the findings of the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer, a worldwide public opinion survey on corruption, TI said it showed that in the past 12 months one in four people paid bribe to one of nine institutions and services, from health to education to tax authorities.