Journal : People's Daily (Chinese) Date : Author : Zou Song Page No. : 21
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The “Vyapam cheating scandal”, an infamous series of large-scale cheating cases involving high officials and a number of citizens, has come back to light recently in India as 40 among more than 2000 suspects died abnormally in succession.

 

On June 28th this year, Rajendra Alja, a 40-year-old physician died suddenly in Central Hospital of Madhya Pradesh. He was suspected to aid two of his students to pass the entrance examination of medical sciences in 2007 and 2008. Narendra Singh Tomar, a 29-year-old veterinarian assistant was found dead in the cell on the same day. He was accused of helping exchanging exam papers in the medical test in 2009. In less than a week’s time, a reporter who was investigating the scandal died when he was talking with a father whose daughter was involved in the scandal and had died unaccountably in 2012.

 

As the series of deaths were exposed to the public, more and more people demanded the state government for further explanation, which forced Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh to abandon his insistence on bringing the case to “trail in the state” and handed it over to the Supreme Court of India. The spokesperson of Indian Congress held the view that “the chief minister is the key figure of the scandal and should be questioned. Before that he must submit his resignation and receive independent investigation.”

 

Back in August 2013, the state government has form a special investigation team because of the scandal. The team leader Chandresh Bhushan said recently: “I don’t want to use the word ‘weird’. If their deaths have something to do with the scandal, I’ll call it abnormal death.”

 

“Abnormal death” includes murder, suicide, accident and death of no reasons. The abnormal death rate of this case is higher than 7.4‰, the average rate of abnormal death cases in India. Times of India quoted a social activist: “10 cases among all the deaths were highly suspected to be murder. The rest may be coincidence.”

Vyapam is the civil servant exam in Madhya Pradesh. The exam has been entwined with scandals since mid-1990s. In view of the series of cheating cases exposed by the media after 2009, a majority of people who were involved in the cases were powerful officials, including the former Minister of Education, who were arrested for the cases.

Six years have passed since the beginning of the investigation. The cases haven’t been concluded. On the contrary, more and more questions are coming to light. The public is not only unsatisfied with the government, but also growing distrust of civil servants, doctors and other public officers. People are appealing to the central government for restoring the image of the government by launching a thorough investigation into the cases.

 

印度考试舞弊牵出连环命案

来源:《人民日报》

时间:2015年7月15日

人民日报记者/邹松 发自新德里

 

印度考试舞弊牵出连环命案

“维亚帕姆考试舞弊案”近期再次成为印度各界关注焦点。这本是印度中央邦发生在2009年的一系列考试舞弊案,因考试涵盖面广、涉案人员多、被调查对象牵扯高官而备受关注。如今此案再起波澜,主要是因为2000多名嫌疑人中有近40人相继非正常死亡,且死亡数字近半个月来连续攀升。

今年6月28日,40岁的内科医生拉金德拉·阿尔贾在中央邦医院突然病故。此前,他被怀疑分别在2007年和2008年违规帮助他的两名学生通过医学入学考试。同一天,29岁的兽医助理纳伦德拉·辛格·托马尔在狱中死亡,他被指控于2009年在医学考试中帮助他人交换试卷。之后不到一星期,一名参与报道“维亚帕姆考试舞弊案”的记者在工作中猝死,发生意外时他正在与一名涉案女孩的父亲交谈。后经调查,这名涉案女孩2012年因莫名原因去世。

一连串的命案被印度媒体曝光,印度各界要求中央邦给出解释的呼声日益强烈。这令此前坚持要“邦内审理”的中央邦首席部长希夫拉杰·辛格·乔汉不得不同意将案件移交至印度最高法院。对于乔汉被迫交权的举动,印度议会发言人兰迪普·素杰瓦拉认为,“首席部长是这起舞弊案的关键人物。要彻查此案,必须对他进行严格审问。但在此之前,他必须先辞去首席部长职务,并接受独立调查。”

2013年8月,印度中央邦邦政府就“维亚帕姆考试舞弊案”组建特别调查小组。该小组主管钱德雷什·布尚日前表示,“我不想用‘离奇’这个词。如果他们的死与舞弊案有关,那么我把这称为非正常死亡。”

“非正常死亡”包括谋杀、自杀、事故以及未知原因的死亡。此案非正常死亡率高于印度7.4‰的平均值。印度《经济时报》援引一位社会活动家的话说:“其中有10起命案被高度怀疑是谋杀,其余的有可能是意外。”

“维亚帕姆”一词由几个印地语单词首字母组成,指的是中央邦一系列政府部门入职考试及教育机构选拔考试。这些考试其实从上世纪90年代中叶起就不断爆出舞弊丑闻。从2009年之后曝光的系列舞弊案中可发现,涉案人不少是政府权贵,正是他们在幕后操纵考试作弊的利益链条,包括印度前教育部长在内的众多高官陆续被捕。

“维亚帕姆考试舞弊案”调查至今已6年,不仅未能结案,而且疑点越来越多。印度民众除了对政府不满外,对公务员、医生等公职人员的不信任感也日益加深,印度舆论呼吁中央政府以彻查此案为突破口,重振政府形象。

(本报新德里7月14日电)

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