Gaurav Bakshi's story is one of grit and determination. This 34-year-old NRI wanted to get his name registered as the father of his adopted daughter. What seemed like a simple procedure became a nightmare. He was asked to pay a bribe to complete formalities.
Not just that, he was also subjected to physical assault when he tried questioning it.
After his marriage in 2010, Gaurav wanted to register his name as 5-year-old Azara’s legal father. Azara was his wife Rupinder's daughter from her first marriage. When his attorney approached the registrar in the Noida office, he was asked to pay a bribe. And R10, 000 was paid as a bribe without Gaurav's knowledge.
When he came to know, he confronted the officials at the Noida Registrar office. The officials admitted that their office regularly took bribes.
Gaurav, in an attempt to expose corruption, recorded their confession on camera and rushed out of the registrar's office to report the matter to police. While he and his father were getting out, the sub-registrar and the general secretary followed them with their men and assaulted them. Their camera was also taken away and later recovered in smashed condition.
An FIR was lodged. But the police did not take any action. Gaurav then turned Citizen Journalist and along with CNN IBN's team, he confronted Amitabh Yash, SSP, Noida.
To quote from interview:
Why haven't you made any arrest?
SSP: “We cannot arrest them, we are scared they (lawyers' body) will riot and it will become unmanageable. It will affect the peace and harmony of the city…"
After months of protest, one clerk of Noida registrar office was suspended on charges of bribery and one of the five assailants was arrested and jailed.