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12:00 AM, October 17, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:33 AM, October 17, 2020

Chapasthan to hand down capital punishment for cheating in exams, leaking exam question papers

Comes amid protest, but agitators said they meant a different kind of cheating

In what will prove to be the final nail in the coffin for cheats, the extraordinarily gifted government of Chapasthan yesterday decreed the use of capital punishment for those involved in cheating during exams or leaking question papers.

"Cheating is a sickness. It is inhumane. And the only way to deal with those involved in this is to kill them," Law Minister Aminul Amin said.

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The latest amendment to the law, which was previously limited to chopping the hands off of cheats and exam paper sellers, comes at a time when there had been growing calls for such a measure.

"We read most of the things that people post on social media. That's how we actually understand public sentiment, since we never have any other open dialogue with them," Amin said, adding that letting social media find solutions to policy problems was the way towards a Digital Chapasthan.

The death sentence, however, led to an outbreak of protests in small areas of the capital. Agitators, who had early taken to the streets to put an end to cheating, said this was not what they had asked for.

Shoumi Saha, a protestor, said, "We were talking about cheating in relationships. It started with the whole debate about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. I don't know where the government got this from, 

Another protestor, Shafiq Ahsan, said this was a government effort to hijack a conversation and derail it.

"Did they even read our demands? Did they even hear what we were saying? This is just so odd," he said.

When pointed out that people in social media were calling for the death penalty for exam cheats, Shafiq said that should not count at this moment.

 "They aren't protesting. We are. In a democracy, the government listens to those taking to the streets and not those who are just commenting from the comfort of their living rooms," he said.


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