Hafta (Devanagari: हफ़्ता) is also slang for the protection money collected periodically by gangsters and corrupt policemen. In case of policemen, however even bribes paid are often quoted as giving hafta. This meaning seems to have gained its popularity because of its usage as part of Bombay Hindi. It is named so because the most common collection period is one week. The practice is highly prevalent in India and a refusal to pay up has its consequences.
In Popular Culture
- "Paying Rs 25,000 monthly hafta to police for our restaurant". www.ipaidabribe.com. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
- "Mumbai Slang". sidthebohemian.deviantart.com. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
- AamBoli.com. "हफ़्ता- Translation, Meaning in Hindi, Thesaurus, Shabdkosh, examples.". www.aamboli.com. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
- Refusing ‘hafta’ to cop costs shoemaker his life
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