BJP has highest MPs, MLAs who committed 'crimes against women'
At least 48 MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women, with BJP having the highest number of such politicians at 12, said the report released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The cases were declared out of 1,580 (33%), of which 45 are MLAs and 3 MPs. The crimes against women include assault, kidnapping, abducting, rape, domestic violence, and trafficking.
Report is based on election affidavits
Giving party-wise details, the report said that BJP has the highest number of MPs and MLAs at 12, followed by Shiv Sena (7), and Trinamool Congress (6). The report is based on an analysis of 4,845 out of 4,896 election affidavits of current MPs and MLAs. This includes 768 out of 776 affidavits of MPs and 4,077 out of 4,120 MLAs across the country.
Maharashtra has highest number of such MP/MLAs at 12
Among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of such MPs and MLAs (12), followed by West Bengal (11), Odisha and Andhra Pradesh each with five MPs and MLAs who have declared cases related to crime against women. ADR and the National Election Watch (NEW) have recommended that candidates with serious criminal background should be debarred from contesting elections.
Recognized parties gave tickets to 26 candidates
The report said, in the last five years, recognized parties have given tickets to 26 candidates who had declared cases related to rape. During this period, 14 independent candidates with declared cases related to rape have contested for Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and state assembly elections. 327 candidates who had declared cases related to crime against women were given tickets by recognized political parties.