New Delhi, Apr 19: A new study of criminally-tainted politicians has revealed that 48 MPs/MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women levelled against them, including heinous ones such as rapes and abduction. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch have analysed 4845 out of 4896 election affidavits of current MPs and MLAs. It includes 768 out of 776 affidavits of MPs and 4077 out of 4120 MLAs from all the states of India. (Click Here For Complete ADR Report)
Among these 48 MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to crimes against women, 45 are MLAs and 3 are MPs. Out of these, 26 are those who have self-declared rape charges against them. They have been given tickets by recognised political parties in the last 5 years, ADR report claimed.
Following are 3 MLAs who have declared cases related to rape :
- Gonuguntla Suryanarayana from TDP who has won from Dharmavaram constituency in Andhra Pradesh (2014)
- Jethabhai G.Ahir from BJP who has won from Shehra constituency in Gujarat (2017)
- Gulab Yadav from RJD who has won from Jhanjharpur constituency in Bihar (2015)
State-wise, Maharashtra had the highest number of MPs/MLAs (12) charged with crimes against women, followed by West Bengal (11), and Odisha and Andhra Pradesh (five).
In its report, the ADR has recommended that candidates with a criminal background should be debarred from contesting elections. It also urged the political parties to disclose the selection criteria of election candidates and also suggested that cases against MPs and MLAs be fast tracked and decided upon in a time-bound manner.