BJP tops list of 134 Indian MPs, MLAs of crimes against women, reveals study

NEW DELHI: As many as 134 sitting Indian members of parliament (MPs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs) have declared cases of crime against women, including of alleged rape and abduction among others, in their election affidavits, a study revealed.

Of these, 21 are MPs and 113 are MLAs, said the study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW).

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Giving party-wise details, the study stated that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the highest number of MPs and MLAs (44), followed by Congress (25) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) (13), with cases of crime against women.

The report has been prepared while analysing the election affidavits of a total of 4763 public representatives, comprising 762 MPs and 4001 MLAs.

According to the 173-page report, Among the states, West Bengal has the highest number of sitting MPs/MLAs (26), followed by Maharashtra and Odisha (14 each) who have declared cases related crimes against women.

To protect the honour and dignity of women, ADR and NEW have recommended that candidates with a criminal background, especially with cases of rape should be debarred from contesting elections.

The report proposes that pending court cases against MPs and MLAs should be expedited and decided upon in a time-bound manner.

Citing an Indian Supreme Court decision delivered in 2020, ADR said political parties should declare reasons why candidates with criminal cases are given tickets to contest elections.

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