New Delhi

As many as 51 elected representatives — three Members of Parliament and 48 Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) — have been charged with crime against women as per their self-declared affidavits, an ADR analysis said on Wednesday.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a not-for-profit organisation, analysed election affidavits of 774 of the 776 current Members of Parliament and 4,078 of the 4,120 MLAs from across India. Of these, 1,581 candidates were found to have declared criminal cases against them, with 51 involved in cases of crime against women.

Four MLAs declared rape cases against them.As many as 334 candidates facing charges of crime against women were given tickets by recognised political parties. Of these, 294 were given tickets for assembly elections, the analysis found. A total of 40 such candidates were given tickets for Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha elections.

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