Politics = crime: Women candidates declare criminal cases! check DATA

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Politics = crime: Women candidates declare criminal cases! check DATA
Politics = crime: Women candidates declare criminal cases! check DATA

If the 716 women candidates analysed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 100 (15 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves, while 78 (11 per cent) have declared serious criminal cases against their names, according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

Among the major parties, 14 (26 per cent) out of 54 women candidates are from the Congress, 18 (34 per cent) out of 53 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 2 (8 per cent) out of 24 women from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), six (26 per cent) out of 23 fielded by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and 22 (10 per cent) out of 222 Independent women candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

While 10 (19 per cent) out of 54 women candidates from the Congress, 13 (25 per cent) out of 53 from the BJP, 2 (8 per cent) out of 24 from the BSP, 4 (17 per cent) out of 23 fielded by the TMC and 21 (10 per cent) out of 222 Independent have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

The National Election Watch and the ADR have analysed the affidavits of 716 out of 724 women candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.

Of the 716 women candidates, 94 participated in the first phase of the elections, 124 in the second phase, 142 in the third, 96 in the fourth, 80 in the fifth and 84 in the sixth phase. However, 96 women candidates, who have declared criminal cases against themselves, are participating in the seventh phase of the elections.

The election watchdog’s report said that 78 (11 per cent) women candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women etc in the Lok Sabha elections, 2019. The number of such women candidates was 51 (8 per cent) in the Lok Sabha elections, 2014, the ADR said.

Two women candidates have declared convicted cases against themselves, four with cases related to murder, 16 with cases of attempt to murder, 14 with crimes against women such as causing miscarriage without woman’s consent while seven with cases related to hate speech.

Of the 716 women candidates analysed, the ADR said, 255 (36 per cent) are crorepatis.

A total of 44 (82 per cent) out of 54 fielded by the Congress, 44 (83 per cent) out of 53 from the BJP, 15 (65 per cent) out of 23 from the TMC, nine (38 per cent) out of 24 from the BSP, and 43 (19 per cent) out of 222 Independent women candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.

Among the major parties, the average assets per candidate for 54 Congress women candidates is Rs 18.84 crore, 53 BJP women candidates have average assets of Rs 22.09 crore, 24 BSP women candidates have average assets worth Rs 3.03 crore, 23 TMC women candidates have average assets worth Rs 2.67 crore, 10 CPI(M) women candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.33 crore, six Samajwadi Party women candidates have average assets worth Rs 39.85 crore, average assets of three AAP candidates are Rs 2.92 crore and 222 Independent women candidates have average assets of Rs. 1.63 crore.

The BJP’s Hema Malini (with Rs 250 crore) from Mathura constituency in Uttar Pradesh is among the three richest women candidates contesting in the elections followed by Telugu Desam Party’s D.A. Sathya Prabha (with Rs 220 crore) from Andhra Pradesh’s Rajampet constituency and Shiromani Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal (with Rs 217 crore) from Punjab’s Bathinda.

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