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Centre to bring in a Mental Bankruptcy bill in Parliament: Sources

12, May 2016 By Mahesh Jagga

New Delhi: Central Government has decided to bring in a Mental Bankruptcy Law to provide a framework for the quicker resolution of cases of shamelessness in public life. This bill would help in catching such offenders early, before they mount up the unfelt shame and bring them to book, making them pay for their shamelessness and relieving the society’s stress, sources said.

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After introduction of mental bankruptcy bill, this will be a common sight.

This bill envisages setting up of a Shamelessness Index for individuals, making it a cognizable offence, making changes in Cr. PC for stringent actions for willful defaulters and launching a Guilt Restructuring Plan for genuine failures.

The Shamelessness Index would track the individual’s utterances, actions, self promotions and release a quarterly score of shamelessness called a SIBIL score. In case anyone’s SIBIL score falls below 50, on a scale of 100, he or she would be disallowed in public forums, media appearances, social media etc. Even the surrogate promotion by showing one’s back to camera, to circumvent the law, would not be allowed.

The changes in CrPC would allow for public slapping of individuals, hitting the individual with shoes, garlanding with slippers, tattooing ‘I am Shamed Person’ (मैं हूँ शर्मिंदा आदमी) on his or her forehead etc. There are plans that government may adopt a pay per hit scheme to  garner revenues which can be used on setting up infrastructure like providing free wifi, setting up schools & hospitals, de-addiction centres etc. The enhanced sale of footwear would also boost the economy, sources said.

Guilt Restructuring Plan would be for those who accept the responsibility & implications of their shameful actions and are willing to make amends, ready to pay for it, but, over a period of time. They would be given options to redeem themselves like cleaning public places on odd days and promoting nationalism in JNU on even days. The restructuring plans would be flexible with exemptions like parole based on good behavior during the restructuring period.

Faking News reporter met a social scientist, Mr. Pralap Pani Behta to for better understanding of this issue. He agreed for the half an hour interview during the time he would be in his bathtub.

“The failures in public life can be caused by many reasons; a character defining tendency of shirking work, a predisposition to blame other people all the time, penchant to be visible on media around the clock or thwarted political ambitions, defined as cases of mental bankruptcy.  Other reasons could also be a dynastic imbecility, a thorough incapability to understand the complications of public life or imperialistic belief of being the lord of everything, defined as intellectual bankruptcy. Both are treated at par.”Mr. Behta explained, while soaping his back.

“In all such cases, failed individual is required to pay for the failure by feeling the guilt & shame associated with or arising out of his or her actions but does not do so as he or she feels that all the people can be fooled all the time. Also, absence of a credible societal mechanism causes delays in identifying the mental or intellectual bankruptcy of the individual early.” Said Mr Behta, stopping to turn the tap to full flow.

“This unfelt guilt, a kind of unpaid debt, mounts up as Non Felt Shame (NFS), affecting the mental health of the society and putting an additional burden on other, healthy individuals who now have to feel the additional quota of guilt, unfelt by these individuals. Just like the farmers in Maharashtra are facing the water shortage due to our bad habits of wasting water in our religious practices of offering water to Sun.” Continued Mr. Behta, as we moved slightly away from bathtub as it was overflowing now.

“This law would enable the society to identify the failed individuals before they mount up the guilt to higher proportions and make them pay for it.”

“This, in my view, is the biggest social reform, undertaken by any society, anywhere in the world, anytime.”Concluded Mr. Behta, draining out the bathtub.