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51 MPs, MLAs have declared crime cases against women, reports ADR

Of the 51, 48 are Members of Legislative Assembly and three are Members of Parliament

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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As many as 51 and have declared cases of crime against women, including of alleged rape and abduction, a study said on Wednesday.

Of the 51, 48 are Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and three are Members of (MPs), said a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-organisation working for electoral reforms.


Giving party-wise details, the study stated that among various recognised parties, the has the highest number of and (14), followed by the (7) and the All Congress (6) who have declared cases related to

"There are 51 and who have declared cases of such as charges related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, rape, husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty, buying minor for purposes of prostitution and word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman," the ADR study said.

ADR and Election Watch have analysed 4,852 out of 4,896 election affidavits of current and This includes 774 out of 776 affidavits of and 4,078 out of 4,120 from all the states of

Out of the analysed 1,581 (33 per cent) and with declared criminal cases, 51 have declared cases related to crimes against women, it said.

Besides, 334 candidates analysed who had declared cases related to were given tickets by recognised political parties, ADR said in the study.

Among these candidates, 40 were given tickets by parties for Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha elections. Various recognised parties have given tickets to 294 candidates with cases related to for elections.

It added that the analysed 122 independent candidates with declared cases related to had contested for the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha and elections in the last five years.

In the last five years, 19 independent candidates with declared cases related to contested in the LS and RS elections. Similarly, 103 independent candidates with declared cases related to contested in the polls.

The study further said that among major parties, over the last five years, 48 candidates with declared cases related to were given tickets by the

The second highest number of candidates (36) who had declared cases related to were given tickets by the BSP, followed by 27 candidates from the INC which had contested for LS/RS and state assemblies elections.

Among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of and (12) who have declared cases of crime against women, followed by West Bengal (11) and Odisha (6).

Also, among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of candidates (65) in the last five years, followed by Bihar (62) and West Bengal (52) (including independents) who were given tickets by political parties even though they declared cases related to in their affidavits, the study added.

First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 20:15 IST
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