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Hafta (Persian: هفته) is the Persian word for week and is also used as a loanword in Hindi, Sylheti, Urdu and Turkish. A week has seven days, and "Hafta" is of 15 days(Half of month). A week in Hindi means "saptaha" derived from Sanskrit सप्ताह (sáptāha), from सप्तन् (saptan, “seven”) [1].

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.[2] This meaning seems to have gained its popularity because of its usage as part of Bombay Hindi.[3] 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.[4][5]

In popular culture[edit]

Hafta has been used in the title of low-budget action movies in Bollywood. Some of the examples include movies like Hafta Vasuli (1998), Hafta Bandh (1991).


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  2. "Paying Rs 25,000 monthly hafta to police for our restaurant". www.ipaidabribe.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Mumbai Slang". sidthebohemian.deviantart.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. AamBoli.com. "हफ़्ता- Translation, Meaning in Hindi, Thesaurus, Shabdkosh, examples". www.aamboli.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. Retrieved 2016-04-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Refusing 'hafta' to cop costs shoemaker his life". Archived from the original on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-06-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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