Does the public trust the institutions of defence and security to tackle the issue of bribery and corruption in their establishments?
Bangladesh score: NS/100
The public view the defence establishment as entirely indifferent to corruption within it, or as clearly corrupt, without the political will to tackle the problem.
The public view is that bribery and corruption are not, according to official rhetoric, acceptable to the defence establishment, but there is a widely-held belief that this is just that: rhetoric, and not seriously intended.
The public view is that bribery and corruption, though not acceptable to the defence establishment, is insufficiently addressed by the measures in place to tackle the problem.
This indicator is not scored. Please discuss conditions in the country context related to good practice (Score 4).
The public view is that there is a clear commitment from the defence establishment that bribery and corruption are not acceptable and must be prosecuted, and that their efforts to tackle the problem are sincere and effective.
This indicator is not assigned a score in the GDI.
A 2020 Transparency International report found that some 4% of respondents surveyed in Bangladesh believed that most of the army leaders were corrupt . The military’s reputation for tackling corruption within its own establishment nosedived when the military-backed caretaker government took over power in Bangladesh in 2007. Public trust on this issue has not been regained. Meanwhile, the military is allegedly involved in large-scale corruption through the military’s business empire . Even a senior army official was allegedly involved in a corruption scandal in 2012 . Public perception as it is reflected on social media indicates that people have a very low level of trust in defence institutes when it comes to tackling their own corruption and abuses of power.
 ‘Global Corruption Barometer – Asia 2020: Citizens’ views and experiences of corruption’. Transparency International. 2020. https://images.transparencycdn.org/images/GCB_Asia_2020_Report_Web_final.pdf (Accessed on April 13, 2021)
 Ryan Smith. ‘The Trouble with Bangladesh’s Military’. The Diplomat. March 10, 2018. https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/the-trouble-with-bangladeshs-military/ (Accessed on April 13, 2021)
 William Gomes. ‘Bangladesh: Chief of army staff into the corruption business’. Sri Lanka Guardian. April 12, 2012. http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/04/bangladesh-chief-of-army-staff-into.html (Accessed on April 13, 2021).
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