Although India has no state religion, most people consider religion to be very important in their lives. According to official church record, India is 73% Hindu, 5% Christian, and 21% of people are official members of a church or religious organization. People express highest confidence in religious organizations, and the least confidence in the police and the government. Almost two thirds of people paid a bribe within the past year and just over half believe that all or most of the police are involved in corruption. In contrast, 80% of people believe it is never justifiable for someone to accept a bribe in the course of their duties. In global rankings, India scores at about the halfway point for the absence, control, and perception of corruption.


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