India Activist Begins Fast Against Weak Graft Bill

By Salon Staff

Published December 27, 2011 5:18AM (EST)

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian anti-corruption activist has begun a three-day hunger strike even as India's Parliament prepares to debate a bill to create an anti-graft watchdog.

Anna Hazare began his fast in Mumbai on Tuesday morning, saying the proposed government legislation lacks teeth because the country's top investigative agency would be kept out of the purview of the watchdog. Keeping India's Central Bureau of Investigation under the supervision of the ombudsman is one of Hazare's key demands.

Parliament is scheduled to start debating the legislation in New Delhi later Tuesday.

Hazare, who claims inspiration from Mohandas K. Gandhi, has called his protest against corruption the second freedom struggle and has fasted three times already to garner support for his demands.

Salon Staff

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