And it happens with all those law abiding people, with few exceptions of course, who want to live their life on the fuel of honesty and justice, and in this melee an honest person sometimes becomes an unwanted victim of law or a certain rule.
My friend - honest, sober, with justice in his head and heart - passed by with a gloomy face, tense and helpless. When inquired about his problem, he told me that 'I had to get my certificates attested by a gazetted officer, but not a single person was ready to do it'. Sobbing, he said that 'I did wrong to myself. I cheated myself.'
"I went to district hospital, thought that doctors there will attest my documents. But I was shocked to hear from a doctor with a sarcastic tone, who was attending a medical representative that they have got orders not to attest any document. And try to read the notices outside the room before getting in", my friend said.
And on notice board, it was written that no attestations here. Doctors are advised to attest any document at their own responsibility. 'Left disgusted and headed towards an educational institute. But here also I was given one or the other foolish reason. From one office to another and from one official to another, I got nothing but only the disgusted looks and a will to break the law and to seek some way out, be it illegal only. And I really don't know whether it was only in my case or other students also face such situations.'
Coming out an office, I sipped a cup of tea at a nearby shop and suddenly my eyes caught hold of some lines, ''Get your own rubber stamp, just in an hour''! I jumped with joy, paid money to chai- wala and ran towards the building, went up to the second floor. At first, I became worried, thought that may be the person there will call the police, if I asked for a stamp. I hesitated at first. Something inside me started cursing me for being selfish, mischief, a thief, wrongdoer. But my running from office to office to get forms attested made me to carry out all this wrong deed.
"Bhaiyya, mujhe ek stamp banwani thi". Brother, I need a rubber stamp, but I am a student. Can you make it on someone else's name. But make sure that it should be of a gazetted officer.
"Don't worry, here lies solution to all your problems, but I will charge you Rs. 200. Not a big issue. It is once for all. Life time recharge," said the rubber stamp maker. The rubber stamp reads Headmaster Govt. High School … So simple. It made my day. I attested my documents and signed it.
And people nowadays use this technique only. Never did any official check whether it is really attested by any government officer of gazetted cadre or not. Whether it is really signed by any officer or not? No cross-checking!
My friend, while narrating his story told me that he attested other students' documents as well. 'But I feel ashamed and guilty. But it is this system only which has made me a sinner and a wrongdoer'.
After listening to this shocking story, I feel it is a moral duty for all institutions and their heads to make sure students are not made to face these issues. In most of the educational institutes, it has been found that self attested documents are preferred, which is an easy practice for students and in this way they don't need to break the laws. Neither they cheat the system and nor themselves.
Need of hour is to mend such laws and rules so that no law-abiding person is forced to become an unwanted victim of these regulations in future.