None of states have more than 10 % of women candidates in elections

Among the State Assemblies, none of the states had more than 10 % of women candidates in the elections. States such as Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, and Chhattisgarh had the highest percentage of women candidates contested in their respective assembly elections.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) have analyzed affidavits of 51,143 male and female candidates including 4865 MPs/MLAs across the country. Out of total 51,143 candidates analyzed from across the country, only 4,173 (8%) are women.

Among MPs, Lok Sabha has 66 (12%) out of 542 analysed and Rajya Sabha has 25(11%) out of 228 MPs analysed are women. Among the State Assemblies, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal have the highest percentage of women MLAs.

Out of 1642(34%) MPs/ MLAs analysed with declared criminal cases, 52 have declared cases related to crimes against women. Various recognized parties have given tickets to 422 candidates with cases related to crimes against women for state assemblies’ elections. Among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of MPs/ MLAs i.e. 11, followed by West Bengal with 10, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh each with 5 MPs/MLAs who have declared cases related crimes against women.

Among the states in the last 5 years, Maharashtra has the highest number of candidates i.e. 65, followed by Bihar with 63 and West Bengal with 52 candidates who were given tickets by political parties even though they have declared cases related to crimes against women in their affidavits.

Among various recognized parties, BJP has the highest number of MPs/ MLAs i.e. 12, followed by INC with 7 and SHS (Shiv Sena) with 6 MPs/MLAs who have declared cases related crimes against women.  Among the major parties in the last 5 years, 54 candidates with declared cases related to crimes against women were given tickets by BJP.

The second highest number of candidates, i.e. 37 who had declared cases related to crimes against women were given tickets by BSP, followed by 30 candidates from INC who had declared cases related to crimes against women who had contested for Lok/Rajya Sabha and State Assemblies Elections in last 5 years.

In the last 5 years, recognized parties have given tickets to 44 candidates who had declared cases related to rape. In the last 5 years, 14 independent candidates with declared cases related to rape have contested for Lok/Rajya Sabha and State assemblies’ elections

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